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Music / Vladimir Cosma

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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 those of John Williams and Ennio Morricone 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 soundtracks he composed:




Tropes related to this composer and his work:

  • Associated Composer: He's 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.
  • Crack is Cheaper: Some of his albums are prohibitively expensive to get on CD, if you find a copy for sale. Arguably the worst offender is Spartakus (if you settle for compressed digital download the price is very fair).