Bring the Noise: Alexandre Desplat


Bring the Noise: Alexandre Desplat

Join us at The Wallis as we “Bring The Noise” with an evening of conversation and performance celebrating the world-renowned, critically-acclaimed and multi-award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat, covering his decades of musical contributions to the film industry, from big studio to independent to international fare, with a particular focus on his ongoing collaborations with filmmaker extraordinaire Wes Anderson – including their most recent, The French Dispatch. Moderated by Jon Burlingame (journalist, author).

Attending Arts Circle Members are invited to join us for an intimate pre-reception in The Wallis Wells Family Education Courtyard starting at 6:30pm, prior to showtime.

Two-time Oscar®-winning composer Alexandre Desplat is one of the most respected film composers in the world today. Desplat is noted for his collaborations with some of the world’s top filmmakers: Greta Gerwig, Wes Anderson, Guillermo del Toro, George Clooney, Kathryn Bigelow, Stephen Daldry, David Fincher, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee, Terrence Malick and Angelina Jolie. To date, he has received eleven Academy Award® nominations and two Oscars®.

Desplat first captivated American ears with The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Birth. The two-time Oscar® and Golden Globe® winner has since scored a range of acclaimed films, eleven of which have been Oscar®-nominated: The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Imitation Game, The King’s Speech, Argo, Philomena, The Painted Veil (for which he received a Golden Globe®) and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Isle of Dogs and The Grand Budapest Hotel (which won the 2015 Oscar® for Best Score). Desplat’s thematic score to Guillermo Del Toro’s film The Shape of Water won the 2018 Academy Award® for Best Original Score and garnered a 2018 Golden Globe®, a BAFTA® and a 2019 Grammy® nomination. Most recently, Desplat scored Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, which was nominated for a 2020 Golden Globe® and an Academy Award® for Best Original Score.

Desplat’s work also includes Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken; his second collaboration with Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl; Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards; Illumination Entertainment’s box office smash hit, The Secret Life of Pets, as well as the sequel, The Secret Life of Pets 2; Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep; Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow; The Twilight Saga: New Moon, directed by Chris Weitz; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2; Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone and The Sisters Brothers, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal; and George Clooney’s comedy-crime feature Suburbicon as well as his Netflix sci-fi feature Midnight Sky. Desplat’s work can currently be heard in theaters in the Wes Anderson comedy The French Dispatch. Upcoming is the highly anticipated Netflix animated musical feature Pinocchio, directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Born to a Greek mother and French father, Desplat grew up in France with a budding love for Hollywood film music, and broke into the French film industry in the 1990s. “I was in a car with a friend who had offered me a double vinyl of Star Wars,” Desplat remembers. “It might have been ’78. He gave me this record, and I remember having said to him, ‘Hmm. Music composed and conducted by John Williams. That’s what I want to do.’ And that’s what I’m doing.” With a penchant for lyricism, elegant orchestrations and precise dramatization, Desplat has quickly joined the pantheon of all-time greats.

About The French Dispatch
The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.

From Searchlight Pictures, The French Dispatch is now playing in select theaters.


$30 for Film Independent Members, $40 for the general public. Proof of Member status is required to reserve tickets at the Member price; limit two tickets per order.

Members and the general public may purchase tickets starting at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 2.


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