Vladimir Cosma (born April 13, 1940 in Bucharest) is a Romanian-born French composer, conductor and violinist.
He is one of the most renowned and prolific composers in the history of French cinema, having worked on up to twelve soundtracks per year in his heyday. His body of work could easily rival that of John Williams in size.
A large part of the most memorable soundtracks for French films (usually comedies) from the mid-1960s up to the 2000s are due to him (and he's still active).
Notable film soundtracks he composed:
- The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)
- The Return of the Tall Blond Man (1974)
- The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)
- The Wing or the Thigh (1976)
- Ace of Aces (1982)
- Santa Claus Is a Stinker (1982)
- Les Compères (1983)
- 1980s Asterix animated films:
- Les Fugitifs (1986)
- Le Jaguar (1996)
- The Dinner Game (1998)
Tropes related to this composer and his work:
- Associated Composer: He worked multiple times with directors such as Gérard Oury, Yves Robert, Édouard Molinaro, Claude Zidi, Claude Pinoteau, Francis Veber and Jean-Pierre Mocky.
- Author Appeal: He is of Eastern European Jewish descent. Klezmer music has had a pretty big influence on his composition style, and many of his works sound accordingly.