Paul Misraki

Real Name:
Paul Misrachi
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Paul Misraki (January 28, 1908 - October 29, 1998) was a French composer of popular music and film scores. Over the course of over 60 years, Misraki wrote the music to 130 films, scoring works by directors like Jean Renoir, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Becker, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Luc Godard, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel and Roger Vadim.
For his work, he was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.
Born Paul Misrachi in Constantinople, Turkey (now Istanbul) into a French Jewish family of Italian descent, Misraki showed an early aptitude for music. He went to Paris to study classical composition, and by the 1930s had become an established jazz pianist, arranger and writer of popular songs; around this time he began composing film scores, with his first known work being for Jean Renoir's first sound film, On purge bébé, for which he was uncredited.
Like Renoir, Misraki fled France during the World War II German occupation. After a brief stay in Argentina, Misraki ended up in Hollywood, where he composed the music to all of Renoir's American films. After the war, Misraki returned to France, working busily throughout the 1950s, a period when he was routinely scoring half a dozen or more films a year. These included numerous films by Yves Allégret and Jean Boyer, as well as two films by Jacques Becker (Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs and Montparnasse 19) and Orson Welles' Mr. Arkadin.
The 1960s saw Misraki slow down slightly, writing only 2-3 scores a year. During this period, he worked with many of the leading French directors of the period, including Jean-Luc Godard (on Alphaville), Jean-Pierre Melville (on Le Doulos) and Claude Chabrol, for whom he scored several films.
Misraki composed intermittently throughout the last two decades of his life. He composed his last score at age 85; by this point he had been working almost exclusively in television for several years. He died on natural causes at age 90 in Paris.
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Albums

Paul Misraki - And God Created Woman album art Paul Misraki And God Created Woman (Album) Decca US 1957 Sell This Version
Paul Misraki - Les Volets Clos album art Paul Misraki Les Volets Clos (Album) CAM, C.A.M. Recording France 1973 Sell This Version
CmL 076 Paul Misraki - Romantic Mood album art Philippe Sarde, Bruno Nicolai, Paul Misraki, Claude Bolling Philippe Sarde, Bruno Nicolai, Paul Misraki, Claude Bolling - Romantic Mood(LP) CAM CmL 076 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
CML 078 Paul Misraki - Atmosfera Caratteristica album art B. Nicolai* / C. Bolling* / F. De Roubaix* / P. Misraki* B. Nicolai* / C. Bolling* / F. De Roubaix* / P. Misraki* - Atmosfera Caratteristica(LP, Album) CAM CML 078 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
2C 066-14386 Paul Misraki - Bande Sonore Originale Du Film " Le Chasseur de Chez Maxim's" album art Paul Misraki Bande Sonore Originale Du Film " Le Chasseur de Chez Maxim's"(LP, Album) Pathé Marconi EMI 2C 066-14386 France 1976 Sell This Version
CmL 076 Paul Misraki - Romantic Mood album art Philippe Sarde, Bruno Nicolai, Paul Misraki, Claude Bolling Philippe Sarde, Bruno Nicolai, Paul Misraki, Claude Bolling - Romantic Mood(LP) CAM CmL 076 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
845919-2 Paul Misraki - Tout Va Très Bien Monsieur Misraki album art Paul Misraki Tout Va Très Bien Monsieur Misraki(CD, Album) PolyGram Distribution 845919-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
CD CH 803 Paul Misraki - Aujourd'hui Peut-être... album art Paul Misraki Aujourd'hui Peut-être...(CD) Hortensia CD CH 803 Switzerland 1991 Sell This Version
952 402 Paul Misraki - Musiques Originales De Films Paul Misraki Vol. 3 album art Paul Misraki Musiques Originales De Films Paul Misraki Vol. 3(CD) Pomme Music 952 402 France 1998 Sell This Version
MBR-102 Paul Misraki - Juliette Et Juliette (Bande Originale Du Film) album art Paul Misraki Juliette Et Juliette (Bande Originale Du Film)(CD, Album, RM) Music Box Records (2) MBR-102 France 2016 Sell This Version
952 412 Paul Misraki - Musiques Originales De Films, Volume 4--Montparnasse 19/La Fievre Monte A El Pao/Jeux Dangereux/La Chatelaine Du Liban/Sans Famille/Les Mains Sales album art Paul Misraki Musiques Originales De Films, Volume 4--Montparnasse 19/La Fievre Monte A El Pao/Jeux Dangereux/La Chatelaine Du Liban/Sans Famille/Les Mains Sales(CD) Pomme Music 952 412 France Unknown Sell This Version
A 239 Paul Misraki - Stress album art Paul Misraki Stress(LP, Album) Milan (4) A 239 France Unknown Sell This Version
873 085 Paul Misraki - Musiques De Films Composees Par Paul Misraki album art Paul Misraki Musiques De Films Composees Par Paul Misraki(CD) Hortensia 873 085 France Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1585 Paul Misraki - Valse Des Orgueilleux / La Tête À L'ombre album art Paul Misraki Et Los Maracaïbos Paul Misraki Et Los Maracaïbos - Valse Des Orgueilleux / La Tête À L'ombre(Shellac, 10") Riviera (3) 1585 France 1954 Sell This Version
9-30646 Paul Misraki - Michael's Theme / Main Title And Bridgette's Mambo album art Lionel Newman / Paul Misraki Lionel Newman / Paul Misraki - Michael's Theme / Main Title And Bridgette's Mambo(7", Promo) Decca 9-30646 US 1958 Sell This Version
90 M 320 Paul Misraki - B.O. Comment Qu'Elle Est album art Paul Misraki B.O. Comment Qu'Elle Est(7", EP) Versailles (2) 90 M 320 France 1960 Sell This Version
960 M 301 Paul Misraki - Dansez Avec "Les Bonnes Femmes"  album art Paul Misraki Dansez Avec "Les Bonnes Femmes" (7", EP) Versailles (2) 960 M 301 France 1960 Sell This Version
EMF 293 Paul Misraki - Bande Originale Du Film "Le Rendez-Vous" album art Paul Misraki Bande Originale Du Film "Le Rendez-Vous"(7", EP) La Voix De Son Maître EMF 293 France 1961 Sell This Version
HIT-231 Paul Misraki - Le Doulos album art Paul Misraki Le Doulos(7", Single) Seven Seas HIT-231 Japan 1962 Sell This Version
86 006 M Paul Misraki - Nous Irons A Deauville album art Paul Misraki, Various Paul Misraki, Various - Nous Irons A Deauville(7", EP, Mono) RCA Victor 86 006 M France 1963 Sell This Version
70.774 Paul Misraki - Le Majordome - Bande Originale du Film album art Paul Misraki Le Majordome - Bande Originale du Film(7", EP) Barclay 70.774 France 1965 Sell This Version
71.135 M Paul Misraki - 7 Hommes Et Une Garce - Bande Originale Du Film album art Paul Misraki 7 Hommes Et Une Garce - Bande Originale Du Film(7", EP) Barclay 71.135 M France 1967 Sell This Version
46.504 Paul Misraki - ... La Main À Couper album art Paul Misraki ... La Main À Couper(7", Single) GT (2) 46.504 France 1974 Sell This Version
CPC8-1066 Paul Misraki - Alphaville album art Paul Misraki Alphaville(CD, EP) Volcano (3) CPC8-1066 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
460 V 257 Paul Misraki - La Chatelaine Du Liban album art Paul Misraki La Chatelaine Du Liban(7", EP) Ducretet Thomson 460 V 257 France Unknown Sell This Version