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  • The hauntingly beautiful main theme for Eyes Without a Face.
  • Jarre's most successful works were collaborations with director David Lean. All three earned him Oscars.
    • Suite from Lawrence of Arabia. The majestic, exotic-sounding main theme (inspired by one of the main themes from Edouard Lalo's Piano Concerto in F minor) succinctly captures the vastness of the desert, and how it engulfs even the extraordinary things Lawrence and his followers do there.
    • Suite from Doctor Zhivago, especially the lush romance of "Lara's Theme". Jarre struggled to write a suitable score at first, so Lean told him to take his girlfriend to his mountain cabin in Switzerland and spend a passionate weekend with her. The result remains one of his most unforgettable melodies.note  It was later given lyrics by Paul Francis Webster as "Somewhere, My Love", becoming a hit in the United States for Ray Conniff and internationally for Connie Francis.
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  • The Longest Day theme (together with Beethoven's DA DA DA DAA!!! DA DA DA DAA!!!)
  • Just as notable are his collaborations with Peter Weir. The films on which the composer collaborated would not have been even half as good without his music.
    • Among Jarre's most affecting scores is that to The Year of Living Dangerously, which paved the way for further collaborations with Weir.
    • Conceptually speaking, Jarre's score to Witness shouldn't work as it's played entirely on synthesisers (particularly the New England Digital Synclavier) and the Amish wouldn't go near a synth, and yet it's uplifting without being sentimental.
    • The final scene of Dead Poets Society is epic, in no small part thanks to the music.
  • Jarre's score to Dreamscape sounds alternately mysterious and adventurous, befitting a film about dream manipulation. All of it (except the sax) rendered beautifully on 1980s synthesizers.
  • There's a particular piece of heroic fanfare in Ghost that plays up as the scene where he hounds his murderer to an early grave. Kind of gives that extra righteous kick to it.
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  • The composer's score to No Way Out, featuring heavy use of the Roland D-50 synthesizer, is one of his greatest achievements. For a sample, here's the main theme.
  • The score to Enemy Mine is one of Jarre's best.
  • The score to Firefox, most notably when Gant is walking towards the hangar; the camera pans down and a Scare Chord plays as we get our first look at the titular aircraft.
  • Jarre's haunting score to Jacob's Ladder was sadly not nominated for an Oscar despite all the praise it received.

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