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Vladimir Cosma
b.1940

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Vladimir Cosma and Pierre Richard

Vladimir Cosma (born 13 April 1940) is a Romanian-born French composer, conductor and violinist.

He was born into a family of musicians. His father, Teodor Cosma, was a pianist and conductor, his mother a writer-composer, his uncle, Edgar Cosma, composer and conductor, and one of his grandmothers, pianist, a student of the renowned Ferruccio Busoni.

In 1968, Yves Robert entrusted him with his first film music for « Alexandre le Bienheureux ».
Vladimir Cosma has since composed more than three hundred scores for feature films and TV series. His numerous successes in the cinema have notably been in collaboration with Yves Robert, Gérard Oury, Francis Veber, Claude Pinoteau, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Claude Zidi, Ettore Scola, Pascal Thomas, Pierre Richard, Yves Boisset, André Cayatte, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Edouard Molinaro, Jean-Marie Poiré… and among which: Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire, Diva, Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob, La Boum, le Bal, l’As des As, la Chèvre, Les Fugitifs, Les Zozos, Pleure pas la bouche pleine, Dupont Lajoie, Un éléphant ça trompe énormément, La Dérobade, Le Père Noël est une ordure, L'Étudiante, La Gloire de mon père, Le Château de ma mère, Le dîner de cons …
Vladimir Cosma received two Césars for the best movie score, for Diva (1982) and Le Bal (1984), two Golden Sevens for the best music for television, as well as a number of prizes and awards in France and other countries.

The Music of Vladimir Cosma

1.  La Gloire de mon père (0:00)
2.  Alexandre le bienheureux (3:16)
3.  Promenade sentimentale (6:06)
4.  Yves et Danielle (9:40)
5.  Le Château de ma mère (12:43)
6.  Pierre et Marie Curie (15:35)
7.  Le bal (18:38)
8.  Le dîner de cons (21:45)
9.  Hello Marylin (24:31)
10. La cabra (28:15)
11. Sirba (31:59)
12. Le placard (34:04)
13. L’as des as (37:19)
14. Les compères (40:41)
15. Cuisine et dependances (44:17)
16. Le grand rabbi (48:59)
17. Pieure pas la bouche pleine (51:39)
18. Le distrait (54:29)
19. Le jouet (57:42)
20. Concerto gastronomique (59:49)

Vladimir Cosma and Pierre Richard​

1970 Le Distrait
1970 Les Malheurs d’Alfred 
1972  Le Grand Blond Avec Une Chaussure Noir  
1974 Moutarde Me Monte Au Nez 
1974 Le Retour Du Grand Blond 
1975 La Course à l'échalote 
1976 Le Jouet 
1978 Je Suis Timide Mais Je Me Soigne 
1979 C’est pas moi, c’est lui 
1980 Le Coup Du Parapluie 
1981 La Chèvre 
1983 Les Compères 
1984 Le jumeau  
1985 Les Fugitifs 

 

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Le Distrait
 

Le Distrait (English: Absent-minded, alternative English title: The Daydreamer) is a 1970 French comedy film directed by Pierre Richard, starring Pierre Richard, Marie-Christine Barrault and Bernard Blier.

The film combines elements of slapstick, horror and romantic comedy. The plot follows the adventures of Pierre Malaquet, an eccentric and extremely absent-minded advertising manager. The prototype of the character is Ménalque from Jean de La Bruyère's "Caractères".

Le Distrait ultimate soundtrack suite by Vladimir Cosma

Le Distrait - Réception Chez Les Gastier - Vladimir Cosma

Trailer - Der Zerstreute / Le Distrait (1970)

Le distrait - Bande annonce

Les Malheurs d’Alfred 
 

Les malheurs d'Alfred (The Troubles of Alfred) is a 1972 French comedy film directed by and starring Pierre Richard
Alfred Dhumonttyé is an unemployed architect who is incredibly unlucky. While wanting to commit suicide, he meets a female television presenter who is pursued by the same misfortune.

Les malheurs d'alfred - Bande annonce

Vladimir Cosma - 1970 - Les Malheurs d'Alfred 

Le Grand Blond Avec Une Chaussure Noir  
 

The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (French: Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire) is a 1972 French comedy film directed by Yves Robert, written by Francis Veber, starring Pierre Richard, Jean Rochefort, Bernard Blier and Mireille Darc. The film's sequel, Le Retour du Grand Blond, was released in 1974.

The film was remade in English as The Man with One Red Shoe.
 

Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire 1972

Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire (1972) : C'est magnifique

Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire - Bande annonce

VLADIMIR COSMA - LE RETOUR DU GRAND BLOND 1972 - SOUNDTRACK

Moutarde Me Monte Au Nez 
 

Lucky Pierre (French: La moutarde me monte au nez) is a 1974 French comedy film directed by Claude Zidi.


Pierre Durois, a brave mathematics teacher in a young girls high school in Aix-en-Provence, is also the son of the mayor of the town, the surgeon Hubert Durois, and the friend of Patrick the photographer of a tabloids newspaper directed by Albert Renaudin, the rival of Hubert Durois for the position of mayor.

One day, his students, for a joke, change the content of three documents containing copies to correct, a speech of his father and an article for Patrick about the actress Jackie Logan. Everything is turned upside down and Pierre restores the situation as good as he can. However, at the time to pick up the copies he gave by mistake to Patrick, Pierre finds himself on the shooting of the film with Jackie, and then in a number of circumstances where he finally spends a night at her homeplace. The next day, the tabloids press make of that event its main titles tournage du film of Hubert Durois, which constitutes a snub in his campaign against Renaudin.
 

Pierre Richard - La moutarde me monte au nez - 1974 

Vladimir Cosma - La Moutarde me Monte au Nez (thème principal)

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Le Retour Du Grand Blond 
 

The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (or The Return of the Tall Blond Man French: Le Retour du Grand Blond) is a film directed by Yves Robert, in 1974. It is the continuation of The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire, 1972).
 

Le Retour du Grand Blond (1974) - Bande-annonce

VLADIMIR COSMA - LE RETOUR DU GRAND BLOND - 1974

La Course à l'échalote 
 

La Course à l'échalote is a 1975 French comedy film directed by Claude Zidi.
Young and dynamic, founded with power from the "20th Century Bank", Pierre Vidal regularly spies with his binoculars his partner Janet, who works in a hairdressing salon. Fed up of being constantly watched, she takes advantage to excite his jealousy. His boss having taken a few days of vacation, Pierre is in charge to replace him. More nervous than ever of this enormous responsibility, he will soon have to take to the coffer halls a certain Monsieur de Rovère, who came to bring the transfer of shares act of the Alcazar, the famous Parisian cabaret. But the famous briefcase containing the documents is stolen on their sight.

 

La Course à l'échalote 

La Course A L'Echalotte with English Subtitles 

Vladimir Cosma - La course à l'échalotte

Le Jouet 
 

The Toy (French: Le jouet) is a 1976 French comedy film directed by Francis Veber.
The movie The Toy talks about a little boy that’s trying to prove his father wrong by acting exactly like him. His father “buys” people and nothing can stop him from getting what he wants. His son does not see why he cannot do the same and decides to buy a man, who he encountered at the toy shop. The man he chose happened to be a journalist at his father’s newspaper. Gradually with the help of his “toy” the boy manages to prove his father’s wrong deeds by exposing them in the newspaper produced by him and his “toy”. Along this journey, the boy establishes warm relationships with the man and refuses to stay with his father any longer. The message behind the story is that love and respect matter more than money.

Vladimir Cosma - Le jouet - 1976

Le jouet - 1976 - Bande-annonce

Le jouet - 1976 - Bande-annonce

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Je Suis Timide Mais Je Me Soigne 
 

Je suis timide mais je me soigne is a French comedy film directed by Pierre Richard released in 1978.
Pierre Renaud, receptionist in a big hotel, suffers from a crippling shyness. When he falls in love with Agnès, winner of a contest, he decides to overcome his shyness and follows Agnès during all her trip.

 

Мladimir Сosma - 1978 - Je Suis Timide Mais Je Me Soigne 

Je Suis Timide Mais Je Me Soigne (1978) - Pétanque...

C’est pas moi, c’est lui 
 

C'est pas moi, c'est lui is a French comedy film directed by Pierre Richard released in 1980.
Georges Vallier is a famous screenwriter author of vaudevilles. He jealously keeps the secret from the existence of his "ghostwriter" Pierre Renaud, without frustrating him. However, he invites Pierre to replace him at a cocktail given by Aldo Barazzutti, an Italian filmstar. While thinking he is Georges Vallier, Barazzutti asks him to go with him in Tunisia for the screenwriting of his film. Taking the opportunity, Pierre Renaud tells Georges Vallier that he quits working for him and leaves with Barazzutti for Tunisia. He will later reveal the truth by telling him that he is not Georges Vallier. Pierre leaves temporarily his wife Charlotte, about to give birth, in Paris.

He ignores that Barazzutti was using this trip as a pretext to be with his mistress Valérie and Pierre has never had the occasion to reveal his real identity or be part of his project of screenwriting, where he would abandon the vaudeville for more political subjects. Having disputed with her lover and being attracted for what represents the famous Georges Vallier, Valérie takes refuge with Pierre, even if he rejects her. Barazzutti then sets his sight at Anne-Marie, a customer of the hotel married to a military. The arrival at the hotel of the real Georges Vallier messes the plans of Pierre : he has to multiply the stratagems to hide from Vallier while avoiding that he meets Barazzutti. He then discovers that the presence of Georges Vallier comes from the fact that he is the lover of Anne-Marie. It is while she both hides them in a closet that Georges Vallier finally meets Pierre.
 

C'est pas moi, c'est lui (1980) Bande Annonce 

Le Coup Du Parapluie 
 

The Umbrella Coup (French: Le Coup du parapluie) is a 1980 French comedy film directed by Gérard Oury, starring Pierre Richard, Gordon Mitchell and Gert Fröbe.

The creation of the film was inspired by several assassinations of Bulgarian dissidents where the so-called Bulgarian umbrella was used as a weapon. The working title of the film was Le Coup du Parapluie Bulgare.
The unsuccessful actor Grégoire Lecomte is heading for a casting but then he takes a wrong turn. While he thinks he talks to casting director who wants an actor to play a henchman, he actually talks to a mafia don who wants a real killer. Lecomte's performance is convincing and consequently he receives a contract to finish off arms dealer Otto Krampe. He is supposed to kill Krampe with an umbrella containing a built-in syringe full of potassium cyanide at his birthday party in St-Tropez. Lecomte takes the don for a producer and believes this was all part of shooting a film.

 

Le Coup du parapluie (1980) Bande Annonce 

Le Coup du Parapluie (1980) - Duel au parapluie

Vladimir Cosma - Le Coup Du Parapluie

La Chèvre 
 

La Chèvre (English title: Knock on Wood, literal translation: The Goat) is a 1981 French comedy film directed by Francis Veber, starring Pierre Richard and Gérard Depardieu. It is the first of three films featuring Richard and Depardieu as a comic duo.

An American remake of this film was made in 1991, starring Martin Short and Danny Glover, entitled Pure Luck.
La Chèvre features Depardieu as the tough-guy private detective Campana, hired to find Marie, the daughter of a rich businessman, who has mysteriously disappeared while vacationing in Mexico. The case turns out to be complicated – several attempts to find her have already failed. A psychologist, Meyer, who works for the businessman, suggests a plan. Marie is known to be extremely unlucky and accident-prone; the psychologist advises sending someone equally accident-prone to find her, on the theory that what happened to her may also happen to him, and thus, following her steps while the detective tags along, the daughter can be found and returned home. Richard's character Perrin is an awkward, accident-prone accountant who works for the businessman, and is chosen to implement the scheme. The adventures of an odd duo begin...

 

La Chèvre (1981) Bande Annonce 

La Chèvre (1981) - 50 dollars et elle se couche tout de suite

Vladimir Cosma - bande originale - La Chèvre

Les Compères 
 

Les Compères (English title: ComDads) is a 1983 French comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber, and starring Gérard Depardieu, Pierre Richard and Anny Duperey. The film had 4,847,229 admissions in France.

In 1997, this movie was remade as Fathers' Day in the US.
A teenaged boy has run away from home. His father is ineffective at finding him, so his mother contacts two former lovers from around the time her son was conceived, telling them both that the child is their son and asking them to look for him. One of them (Depardieu) is a tough journalist investigating the Mafia, while the other (Richard) is a timid former teacher who was on the verge of committing suicide when he received the telephone call. The two former boyfriends finally meet, and together they locate the son. They both argue who is really the father. In the end the son tells both Depardieu and Richard (while the other is out of earshot) that his mother thinks that he is the father. Thus, the son adopts both of them as his fathers, and also reconciles with his real father.

 

Les Compères (1983) - Bande-annonce

Les Compères (1983) 

Vladimir Cosma - Les compères

Le jumeau  
 

The Twin (French: Le jumeau) is a 1984 French comedy film directed by Yves Robert, starring Pierre Richard, Camilla More and Carey More. The film's screenplay is based on Donald Westlake's novel "Two Much".
The financially troubled businessman Matthias Duval gets to know two beautiful unwed sisters. Betty and Liz Kerner are twins and they are about to inherit a fortune. But the according last will states they mustn't receive the assets unless they are married. Duval tries to solve the issue by pretending he was a twin too. He invents a twin brother and in order to make everybody believe there was a second person with his looks he creates for his imagined brother a character very different from his own. But this leads to unforeseen complications.
 

Le Jumeau (1984) Bande Annonce

Le Jumeau (1984)

Le Jumeau - Vladimir Cosma - 1984

Les Fugitifs 
 

Les Fugitifs is a French 1986 comedy film, directed by Francis Veber. It was remade in 1989 as Three Fugitives, also directed by Veber.
After serving a five year sentence, bank robber Jean Lucas (Depardieu), is released from prison. He intends to end his criminal lifestyle, but on his release day, when he goes to the bank to open an account, he is taken hostage by François Pignon (Richard), who robs the bank and accidentally shoots Jean in the leg. However, Police commissioner Duroc (Maurice Barrier) doesn't believe Jean is a hostage, given his history of 14 bank robberies. Jean forces François to go to the police and confess to being the robber so that Jean's name would be cleared, but once they arrive at the police station, the police mistake Jean as the robber, forcing him to escape. François follows, and ends up taking him to Dr. Martin (Jean Carmet), a senile veterinarian friend of his late father, to treat his bullet wound.

François was a former chief of sales at a textile factory, which went out of business three years ago, leaving him unemployed, and his daughter Jeanne (Anaïs Bret) has been catatonic since the death of François' wife around the same time François lost his job. Not wanting to leave his daughter, he asks for Jean's help to get him a new identity so that he can escape the country. Reluctantly, Jean contacts his old friend Labib (Jean Benguigui), asking him to hook François up with a fake ID. However, upon the meeting, Labib informs François that his price for a new passport has now changed from 2,500 Francs to 500,000. However, François only made away with 84,000 Francs from the robbery. Upon learning of the truth, Labib calls Jean, threatening to take François to the police if Jean doesn't get him 500,000 Francs in 24 hours.

Jean steals a van and crashes into Labib's bar, rescuing François. François then writes a written confession for Jean to present to the police. Jean suggests to François that he turn himself in, for he could get away with just one year in prison. However, just as he prepares to leave, Jeanne, who has come to care for Jean, asks him to stay, breaking out of her catatonic state. When Jean refuses, Jeanne runs off. François and Jean chase her and they see her run into a park, where a stranger offers her a candy and then takes her to the police after Jeanne tells him about her mother being dead and her father being in jail. Witnessing the police take away his daughter, François decides to kidnap her and leave the country. Jean suggests that he turn himself in and face the one year jail time, promising that he'll visit Jeanne in the meantime.

Jean meets up with Duroc and presents him the written confession, and is vindicated. He takes a job as a locksmith, and goes to visit Jeanne in the orphanage, where she has relapsed into a catatonic state, now even refusing to eat and speak to him. She is being guarded by the police. Later that night, François attempts to break the lock to get Jeanne out of the orphanage. Jean shows up and picks the lock successfully. However, at first, Jean takes the wrong girl from the bed, and when she screams, the police officer is alerted. However she trips on toys and drops her revolver, which François picks up and forces her to direct him to Jeanne. Jean and François escape from the orphanage with Jeanne, who is suffering from lack of food. However, Jean gets a new client in the middle of the night - an intoxicated doctor, who, after a night of partying, has lost his keys. After the doctor examines Jeanne, he discovers her very low blood pressure, gives her a pill of tonicardiaque, and advises the men to feed her normally.

Jean and François break into a house where Jean changed the locks and the owners are on vacation. However, later that night, when he goes to make preparations for leaving the country, Jean runs into Duroc, who informs him that the police have set up barricades across the country. Jean realises that he will not be able to get François and Jeanne across the border. Jean hatches a plan after find the family's passports in the house. They dress up and pretend to be the vacationing family - Jean being the father, François the mother, and Jeanne, after Jean giving her a hair cut, as their son, Jean-Claude. They leave for a cross-country road trip in a stolen Renault 25. To get past a police roadblock, Jean lies to the policeman that his "wife" is pregnant and about to go in labor. The policeman in charge assigns two motorcycle police to escort them to the hospital, but don't leave until the orderlies arrive to ferry François inside. However, as soon as they are gone, François jumps up from the stretcher and runs for the car, with Jean covering it up as a "nervous pregnancy".

Eventually, Jean, François and Jeanne arrive at the Franco-Italian border, where Jean points out that Italy is just on the other side of the hill, and promises to visit them one day, intending to stay in France and continue his own life there. When François and Jeanne leave, Jean watches them disappearing from a distance. However, after seeing François nearly trip on the dress he's wearing as a disguise, Jean decides to join them.
 

Vladimir Cosma - Les fugitifs - feat. LAM Philharmonic Orchestra

Les Fugitifs

Les Fugitifs (1989) Bande Annonce