The 1977 film version of Sidney Sheldon's bestselling 1973 novel, The Other Side of Midnight, was not very good, but it had one element that was a complete success--the musical score by Michel Legrand. I was a budding composer in college when the film was released, and I actually sat through it twice in theaters, once for the silly, romantic plot and once just so I could hear the score again. I studied how Legrand worked his various themes into each part of the film, and I noted how the sweeping main melody, "Noelle's Theme," kept arriving in almost every scene. This melody acted much like the woman herself--sometimes grandly symphonic, sometimes a simple piano solo, but always there in the background to connect the various other characters with her overwhelming power and passion. Noelle's story--love, hatred, obsession, revenge, murder--is on the epic scale of a Greek tragedy, and Legrand's music always supports it, from the ominous opening ("Prologue") straight through to the triumphant finale ("Adieu, Noelle"). If the film itself had been as good as the music, it would have become a classic. Alas, the movie was a flop, but the score lives on.
I'm glad this soundtrack album is finally available on CD because I lost my old LP years ago. Listening to it again after all these years, I'm amazed at how fresh and powerful it is. Legrand won several Oscars for scoring other films (The Thomas Crown Affair, Summer of '42, etc.), but I honestly think this is his best film work. If you're a fan of his, you must experience this wonderful score. Highly recommended.
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