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Friday, November 29, 2002:

The following is an excerpt from Alain Tercinet’s liner notes to ‘Jazz in Paris: Jazz & Cinema Vol. 1,"(Universal Music, 2000) regarding Alain Goraguer’s score to "J’irai cracher sur vos tombes" (I Spit on Your Graves):

"The hilarious movie " J’irai cracher sur vos tombes" is quite a different proposition, and you have to forget the film completely when you listen to the music. Composer Alain Goraguer wrote a series of delightful pastiches: "Générique" is played on he harmonica, the better to recreate the blues of the Deep South, and ‘Theme de Liz" is undeniably one of the most refined imitations of the Modern Jazz Quartet you can imagine.

It’s impossible, even briefly, to recount the problems Boris Vian had (with the film’s director Michel Gast) over the adaptation of his novel – a parody of American thrillers- which he wrote using the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan. The affair takes up some forty pages in a book by author Noel Arnaud, (never one to write two words where one would do), and it’s common knowledge that Boris Vian suffered a heart-attack when the film was released – on seeing the opening scenes he’d said "Those guys are as American as my ass!" – and his attack finally killed him. He hadn’t wanted to come to the opening, but his co-scriptwriter Jacques Dopagne had talked him into it; his argument was: "But Goraguer’s music is great. You said yourself Boris, even if a film’s shit there’s still the music." Dopagne was quite correct."

Alain Tercinet

Tosh // 9:59 AM

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