Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Fun with Roger and Jane

It's debatable whether controversial director Roger Vadim (And God Created Woman) is more famous for his films or his astounding string of female conquests he married, dated or bedded. One of his most fruitful partnerships was his marriage to Jane Fonda, leading to Barbarella and one-third of Spirits of the Dead. However, their first film together was 1964's La Ronde, a remake of the Max Ophuls classic better known to English-speaking viewers as Circle of Love. The plot is that old sexy chestnut about a string of lovers all connected by the wily coincidences of l'amour, with French-speaking Jane as an unfaithful wife who apparently doesn't have much use for clothes. Busy composer Michel Magne contributes the score, a string of romantic melodies appropriate to the period Parisian setting.

After getting married, Roger and Jane returned again in '66 with The Game Is Over, an updated, sexed-up adaptation of Emile Zola's La Curée. Jane plays an unfaithful wife (again) given to scantily-clad aerobics who dallies with her stepson, only to unleash some nasty psychological punishment from her husband. The highlight (both musically and cinematically) is easily the finale in which a nutty, sopping-wet Jane crashes the family's "Green Ball" party. The oh-so-mod, sitar-tinged music comes courtesy of Jean Bouchéty and Jean-Pierre Bourtayre, who also deliver some funky songs mixing psych and soul ("Baby You Know What You're Doing," "Don't Tell Me").

Circle of Love
1. La Ronde
2. Retour De Guerre
3. Bal Champêtre (Valse)
4. Le Soldat Et La Soubrette (Polka)
5. La Soubrette Et L'Étudiant
6. L'Étudiant Et La Femme Du Monde
7. Sophie, "À Coeur Ouvert"
8. Tendresse Bourgeoise
9. Maxim's Grande Époque
10. Salon Particulier
11. Pygmalion Et Galatée
12. Le Tzigane Mène La Ronde
13. Le Tango Des Folies Douces
14. Rêveries Orientales
15. Générique

The Game Is Over
1. Générique Debut
2. Un Certain Regard
3. Scène d'Amour
4. Renée
5. La Serre
6. Scène Du Lac
7. Attente
8. Avant Toi
9. Baby You Know What You're Doing
10. Don't Tell Me
11. Départ De Renée
12. Bal Vert
13. Générique Fin

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Blogger ScoreBaby said...

Thanks for posting these (more stuff to add to my sexploitation chapter). Jane was quite the hottie back in the day. Ever see "Les Felins" aka "Joy House". Too cool movie. Jane and Alain Delon make a smokin' hot screen pair.

5:02 AM  
Anonymous Dave Randolph said...

Geez ... these are all such great soundtrack shares. Thanks so much. BTW, would you have the soundtrack to "Follow Me" by Dino, Desi and Billy?

7:08 AM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Thanks, SB; yeah, I love Les Felins -- really underrated movie. I wish the entire original Schifrin score would come out someday instead of that reconducted thing they released last year.

Hi, thanks Dave; believe it or not, the whole Follow Me album recently snuck out on CD, though you'd hardly know it -- it's on Surf, Sex & Cycle-Psychos, available at http://www.dustygroove.com/sndtrkscd.htm#388104.

9:14 AM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Sorry to tell you dave, the Dino,Desi& Billy tracks got left off the 'El Cherry Red disc 7 mentions.
Suggest you check the DigitalGold site. They have an LP rip there.

12:01 AM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Oops, you're right -- the Dino, Desi & Billy vocal theme is on the Mad, Mad World of Soundtracks CD as well.

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you ought to mention that some of the vocals on GAME are by pre-Crazy World Arthur Brown. Have been looking for that album for a while. thanks!

11:17 PM  
Anonymous owain said...

In the game is over the 2 pop songs are sung by the first formation of Arthur Brown who 2 years later was in the hit parade with the fantastic FIRE

5:43 PM  
Blogger whiteray said...

Great blog -- with some very nice stuff. Any chance of a re-up of the soundtrack to "The Game Is Over" as I sadly missed it when it was up? It would be greatly appreciated!

12:24 PM  
Blogger kiwikokosi said...

вig thanks for your grate website! Could you please renew download links for "Fun with Roger and Jane" soundtrack (The Game Is Over), as the old one is dead. Cannot find it elsewhere!
Have a nice day, Nataly, Moscow.

1:47 AM  

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