Alexandre Desplat

Interviews

2018

GoldDerby Lenght: 17:50 | By Charles Bright | December 3, 2018
Composer Alexandre Desplat on his score for ‘Isle of Dogs’: Other than the taiko drums, we avoided Japanese influences

Variety By John Burlingame | October 31, 2018
Oscar Favorite Alexandre Desplat Comes Back With Three Scores in Contention
"Isle of Dogs" and "The Sisters Brothers" spotlight the composer's consistently unconventional approach.

Variety Length: 6:14 | March 4, 2018
'The Shape of Water' - Best Score - Oscars 2018 - Alexandre Desplat - Full Backstage Interview

Forbes By Simon Thompson | February 27, 2018
Oscars 2018: Alexandre Desplat Talks Del Toro's 'The Shape Of Water'
I caught up with Desplat to talk about how he’s feeling in the final run-up to the Oscars, his relationship with del Toro, his first landmark payday and why his awards are as much about inspiration as they are about recognition.

Deadline Length: 32:12 | By Anthony D'Alessandro | February 20, 2018
The Music Inside Guillermo del Toro’s Monster: Alexandre Desplat On His Score For 'Shape Of Water': Crew Call Podcast
French composer Alexandre Desplat arrived on the Hollywood scene in 2003-04 with back-to-back movies Girl With the Pearl Earring and Birth. Since then, the town has only asked him for more, spellbound By his ability to canvass various distinctive melodic styles, making them intrinsic and organic to a given film on screen.

The Upcoming Length: 7:42 | February 18, 2018
Alexandre Desplat discusses The Shape of Water score at BAFTA press conference, Best Music winner

BAFTA Length: 2:04 | February 18, 2018
Alexandre Desplat talks backstage on his Original Music BAFTA win for The Shape of Water

GreekReporter Length: 2:52 | February 18, 2018
Alexandre Desplat Interview from the 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet
Watch an interview with Greek-French multi-awarded composer Alexandre Desplat from the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

Variety Length: 4:46 | January 7, 2018
'The Shape of Water' Composer Alexandre Desplat - Golden Globes 2018

2017

Deadline By Matt Grobar | December 30, 2017
'The Shape of Water' Composer Alexandre Desplat On The Sounds Of Love & Water
To understand Guillermo del Toro’s core drive and thematic interest when it came to The Shape of Water, look no further than the film’s title. «[Water] takes the shape of everything. It goes through the air, it’s invisible, it’s transparent, but it still has a lot of power.» Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat explains of the film’s central idea.

Billboard By Melinda Newman | December 8, 2017
Alexandre Desplat on Creating His Golden Globe-Nominated Score for Guillermo Del Toro’s 'The Shape of Water'
Alexandre Desplat’s majestic, moving score for Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical The Shape of Water gently glides the fairy tale along. For the gorgeous film, which is generating tremendous Oscar buzz, Desplat played up the love story between mute Eliza (Sally Hawkins) and the sea creature (Doug Jones), while never succumbing to horror movie cliches when the movie turns into a thriller.

The Hollywwod Reporter By Kevin Cassidy | November 17, 2017
Composer Roundtable: The Need for Diversity and the Agony of Waiting for Inspiration to Strike
Six top musical talents open up about the horror of the temp track, the best way to talk to a director and the power of a well-executed film score.

Gold Derby Length: 13:46 | By Zach Laws | November 13, 2017
Composer Alexandre Desplat chats conveying «the depth of love» in 'The Shape of Water'
Alexandre Desplat reveals that upon seeing 'The Shape of Water' for the first time, he was «in awe by the beauty of it.»

Hey U Guys Length: 2:00 | By Jon Lyus | October 11, 2017
London Film Festival 2017: The Shape of Water Premiere Interviews – Guillermo del Toro, Richard Jenkins & more
From the 2017 London Film Festival we present our red carpet interviews from the premiere of The Shape of Water directed by Guillermo del Toro, and co-written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.

The Upcoming Length: 2:32 | By Sarah Bradbury | October 11, 2017
The Shape of Water premiere: A chat with Guillermo del Toro, Richard Jenkins, Alexandre Desplat and Clare Stewart on the red carpet
Composer Alexandre Desplat spoke about the process of developing the score, his influences and working hand in hand with auteur del Toro.

2016

Gold Derby Length: 13:50 | By Rob Licuria | November 25, 2016
Composer Alexandre Desplat on his jazz-inspired score for 'The Secret Life of Pets'
«I always dreamed of scoring an animation film where I could bring all of these memories back» admits acclaimed composer Alexandre Desplat about this year’s blockbuster 'The Secret Life of Pets.' He drew on his love of animation from his youth in bringing his jazz-tinged score to life.

Variety By John Burlingame | November 4,, 2018
Alexandre Desplat Stays Busy With Four 2016 Scores
Writing a piano piece for Alicia Vikander, indulging his love for American jazz, persuading Meryl Streep to sing on a score of his — it’s all in a year’s work for French composer Alexandre Desplat.

BBC, Private Passions Length 33:06 | By Michael Berkeley | July, 17 2016
Alexandre talks to Michael Berkeley about the pressures of writing up to ten film scores a year, the complex relationship between director and composer, and his craving for silence. His choices of music reflect his diverse musical influences - Boulez, Haydn, Miles Davis, Janacek, and his mother's Greek heritage which is often reflected in his film scores.

The Hollywood Reporter By Stephen Galloway | July 12, 2016
Rapid Round: Alexandre Desplat Names Favorite Director, Predicts Beatles’ Place in History
Having composed the score for 'The Secret Life of Pets,' he reveals his favorite films — animated and not — and the music he’d take to a desert island.

2015

BMI Length: 5:48 | By John Burlingame | March 27, 2015
Multi Award-Winning Composer Alexandre Desplat Speaks Candidly With Jon Burlingame – Part 2
From his beginnings in short films to his work with top directors such as David Fincher, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, BMI composer Alexandre Desplat has earned eight Oscar-nominations for his work in films including The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, Argo, Philomena, The Imitation Game and The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won him the 2015 Oscar for Best Score. In this exclusive conversation with music journalist Jon Burlingame, Desplat shares his thoughts on his Academy Award-winning score, collaborating with legendary director Wes Anderson and more - don’t miss it!

BMI Length: 6:05 | By John Burlingame | March 27, 2015
Multi Award-Winning Composer Alexandre Desplat Speaks Candidly With Jon Burlingame – Part 1
Golden Globe, GRAMMY and Oscar-winning BMI composer Alexandre Desplat is one of the world’s most in-demand film composers. In this exclusive interview, he takes time to sit down with music journalist Jon Burlingame to explore the relationship between music and cinema and discuss his start in the industry. Watch Desplat, who scored The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, Argo, Philomena, The Imitation Game and The Grand Budapest Hotel, reveal why he pushes himself to expand his award-winning imagination.​

Reuters By Eric Kelsey | February 15, 2015
A Minute With: Composer Alexandre Desplat on Oscars, inspiration
After coming up six times short, this may be Alexandre Desplat’s year to take home an Academy Award. The French film composer has earned two of the five best score nominations for his work on World War Two historical drama 'The Imitation Game' and Wes Anderson’s pastel-dipped caper-comedy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.' Desplat, 53, spoke Reuters about the Feb. 22 Oscars, how he composes and where inspiration tends to strike.

HitFix By Gerard Kennedy | February 12, 2015
Alexandre Desplat on winning a Grammy and the lesson of masters like John Williams
Nine Oscar seasons ago, composer Alexandre Desplat earned what already felt like an overdue first nomination for 'The Queen.' (He already had 'Girl With a Pearl Earring,' 'Birth,' 'Syriana' and 'The Painted Veil' to his credit.) Eight years and as many Oscar nominations later, the prolific Desplat has cemented himself as the go-to composer of his generation, with the hottest producers and directors clamoring to collaborate with him. This is not surprising, given his talent and his extraordinary knowledge of both world cinema and world music. This year, he is a double Oscar nominee for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'The Imitation Game' and has already won a British Academy Award and a Grammy for the former. And that elusive first Oscar may well be within his grasp. HitFix recently caught up with Desplat to discuss Anderson’s latest melancholic comic romp and the awards success he has experienced of late.

Gold Derby Length: 14:31 | By Daniel Montgomery | February 7, 2015
Alexandre Desplat ('Budapest,' 'Imitation') on double Oscar nods & composing a score in three weeks
«You never anticipate, first of all, to be nominated for anything... And certainly not for two films» says Alexandre Desplat, who picked up a pair of Oscar nods this year for composing the scores for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'The Imitation Game'. «It’s always incredible to have one, so to have two puts you over the moon.»

Marketplace Length: 4:46 | By Kai Ryssdal and Tommy Andres | February 6, 2015
2 nods, 1 category: Alexandre Desplat on scoring big

Entertainment Weekly By Esther Zuckerman | February 05, 2015
Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat talks the role of a composer: «I'm like a kite»
When it comes to working with directors, Alexandre Desplat compared himself to a kite: he has the freedom to fly, but it’s the directors holding the string.

Screen Daily By Tiffany Pritchard | January 19, 2015
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Composer Alexandre Desplat tells Tiffany Pritchard about bringing Alan Turing’s frenetic mind to life through his score for The Imitation Game.

2014

BBC News By Vincent Dowd | December 10, 2014
How Alexandre Desplat creates a film score in three weeks
If you have a full-length feature film in need of a score very quickly Alexandre Desplat may be your composer.

Los Angeles Times By Michael Ordoña | December 09, 2014
Godzilla, Alan Turing and more move to Alexandre Desplat's music

Film Music Magazine By Daniel Schweiger | December 4, 2014
Interview with Alexandre Desplat

Music Times By Jon Niles | November 28, 2014
Exclusive Interview: 'The Imitation Game' Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks Scoring New Alan Turing WWII Biopic Movie & Making Music For Film

LSO Length: 11:24 | By Tim Burden | November 26, 2014
Podcast: Alexandre Desplat with the LSO
Film music expert and presenter Tim Burden previews December’s LSO on Film concert on 11 December 2014 at the Barbican in London with the award-winning Alexandre Desplat, sharing some of the music you can expect to hear and talking to the composer about working with the Orchestra in the studio.

HitFix By Matt Patches | November 24, 2014
How computers generated Alexandre Desplat’s 'Imitation Game' score

Collider By Sheila Roberts | November 20, 2014
Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks 'The Imitation game', Coming to the Project Late, Finding Continuity in His Scores, His Love of Conducting, and More

Variety By Jon Burlingame | November 5, 2014
Alexandre Desplat’s Twin Takes on WWII: 'Imitation Game' and 'Unbroken'

Variety By Jon Burlingame | November 5, 2014
Billion Dollar Composer: Alexandre Desplat Has Ears of World’s Top Auteurs
Helmers from Clooney to Frears describe maestro's creative impact

Hey U Guys Length: 2:41 | By Amon Warmann | October 8, 2014
Alexandre Desplat Interview - The Imitation Game Premiere
Amon Warmann interviews composer Alexandre Desplat at the the Premiere of The Imitation Game on the opening night of the London Film Festival.

Red Carpet News Length: 4:20 | October 8, 2014
Alexandre Desplat Interview - The Imitation Game Premiere
Composer Alexandre Desplat talks to Red Carpet News at the premiere of Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game at the opening gala premiere of the 58th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square.

Deutsche Welle By Gerhard Sonnleitner | August 29, 2014
«All we ask of cinema is to be surprised, to be moved»
Film composer Alexandre Desplat is leading the jury at this year's Venice Film Festival. It's the first time a musician has been appointed to the role. He tells DW what the job means to him.

LAist By Christine N. Ziemba | February 25, 2014
Oscar-Nominated Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks 'Philomena' And Other Films

Film Music Society By Jon Burlingame | February 24, 2014
Desplat on Desplat
Oscar-nom'd Philomena composer talks shop about film scoring.

The Daily Beast By Andrew Romano | February 11, 2014
Meet Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s Master Composer
Alexandre Desplat is having a bit of a moment, having scored Philomena, Monuments Men, and The Grand Budapest Hotel in quick succession. No other composer today has worked so consistently on such good, smart movies. How does he do it?

NPR Classical Length: 6:25 | By Arun Rath | February 8, 2014
'Philomena' And The Power Of A Quiet Film Score

Reuters By Eric Kelsey | February 5, 2014
A Minute With: Composer Alexandre Desplat on the art of scoring film

Billboard By Phil Gallo | January 3, 2014
Conversations with Composers: Alexandre Desplat

2013

Awards Daily By Jackson Truax | December 11, 2013
Alexandre Desplat and Philomena

HitFix By Gerard Kennedy | December 3, 2013
Alexandre Desplat talks 'Philomena' and a busy decade full of Stateside success

Huffington Post By Christopher Rosen | December 3, 2013
'Philomena' Composer Alexandre Desplat Probably Wrote One Of Your Favorite Film Scores

Universal Music Publishing Classical Length: 7:13 | May 15, 2013
Alexandre Desplat signs his first piece for orchestra
Alexandre Desplat talking about 'Pelléas et Mélisande', sinfonia concertante for flute.

Vanity Fair By Julye Miller | February 22, 2013
Argo Composer Alexandre Desplat on Preventing Ben Affleck’s Film from Sounding «Cheesy» and Creating Zero Dark Thirty’s «Middle Ages» Score

The Film Experience By Matt | February 18, 2013
Alexandre Desplat on Composing for 'Argo' & 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Indie Wire By Bill Desowitz | January 28, 2013
Immersed in Movies: Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks 'Argo'

The Greek Reporter Length: 3:08 | By Anastasios Papapostolou | January 15, 2013
Composer Alexander Desplat talks Greece and Argo from the Golden Globes
Greek-French composer Alexandre Desplat talks to Greek Reporter’s Anastasios Papapostolou about his Greek heritage and how he used Greek and international sounds for the soundtrack of Argo. Desplat composed the music for Argo and has also been nominated 5 times for Oscars and won a Golden Globe.

Entertainment Weekly Length: 3:12 | By Lindsey Bahr | January 13, 2013
Composer Alexandre Desplat’s very busy year - Part 1: Argo

Entertainment Weekly By Lindsey Bahr | January 13, 2013
Composer Alexandre Desplat’s very busy year - Part 2
The «rawness» of Zero Dark Thirty.

Entertainment Weekly By Lindsey Bahr | January 13, 2013
Composer Alexandre Desplat’s very busy year - Part 3
Desplat goes back to France to work with his longtime collaborator, Jacques Audiard on Rust and Bone.

Entertainment Weekly By Lindsey Bahr | January 13, 2013
Composer Alexandre Desplat’s very busy year - Part 4
On Moonrise Kingdom, a necessary change of pace.

Indie Wire By Drew Taylor | January 10, 2013
Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks Scoring 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Working With Terrence Malick, Wes Anderson & More
Few film composers had a more amazing 2012 than Alexandre Desplat. The French composer, who rose to prominence based on his lush, nearly operatic score to Jonathan Glazer‘s woefully underrated supernatural melodrama 'Birth,' had an unparalleled 2012 which included scores to (deep breath) Wes Anderson’s 'Moonrise Kingdom,' Jacques Audiard’s 'Rust & Bone,' Ben Affleck’s 'Argo,' DreamWorks Animation’s 'Rise of the Guardians,' and Kathryn Bigelow’s 'Zero Dark Thirty. Bigelow’s amazing chronicle of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden was our main topic of discussion, and below he shares his approach to scoring the film, and what Bigelow wanted him to focus on. We also discuss his work on Terrence Malick’s 'Tree of Life,' collaborating with Wes Anderson and much more.

PMC Magazine, Silent Sounds By Tyler Malone | January 10, 2013
Settling the Score with Oscar-Nominated Film Composer Alexandre Desplat

BBC World Service, Length: 17:30 | by Harriett Gilbert | January 1, 2013
The Strand: Interview with Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat is one of the most prolific film composers working today, and almost every year his work is nominated for an Oscar, a Bafta or a César. His films include The King’s Speech, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Fantastic Mr Fox and Rise of the Guardians. He talks to Harriett Gilbert about the role of music in filmmaking and why he loves collaborating with great directors.

2012

MTV Movies Blog By Kara Warner | December 31, 2012
'Zero Dark Thirty': Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks Musical Suspense

HitFix By Melinda Newman, December 21, 2012
Alexandre Desplat on working with Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck

The Hollywwod Reporter Length: 1:05:03 | By Kevin Cassidy & Shirley Halperin | December 20, 2012
THR’s Composer Roundtable: 6 Movie Maestros on Severed Heads, Stubborn Directors and Feeling «Like Frankenstein»
The scorers of 'Life of Pi,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Silver Linings Playbook' convene for a candid glimpse inside the creative process of bringing movies to life through music.

Examiner .pdf By Sharon Knolle | December 19, 2012
'Zero Dark Thirty' composer Alexandre Desplat on his «non-score» for the film

KCRW, The Business Length: 30:00 | By Kim Masters | December 17, 2012
Composer Alexandre Desplat on doing the lonely job that he loves. Plus, the founder of IMDB
Alexandre Desplat wrote the music for Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Moonrise Kingdom and Rise of the Guardians. Plus, Col Needham, the founder of IMDB on his influential and sometimes controversial website.

Screen Daily By Katherine Krueger | 14 December 2012
Acclaimed composer Alexandre Desplat talks about the challenges of covering a wide range of moods in his score for Rise of the Guardians

Coming Soon By Edward Douglas | December 12, 2012
Oscar-Worthy: Film Composer Alexandre Desplat on His Busy Year

Artist Direct By Rick Florino | December 11, 2012
Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks 'Rise of the Guardians', 'Argo', and 'Zero Dark Thirty'
As a composer, Alexandre Desplat’s work has defined 2012. He's the man behind the music for Rise of the Guardians and Oscar contenders Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, and his ability to eclipse a myriad of emotions with his music is truly mind-blowing. He goes from conjuring otherworldly themes for the fantasy characters of Rise of the Guardians to drumming up raw and unbridled tension in Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. Desplat stands out as one of the most versatile and vibrant composers of this generation. In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Alexandre Desplat talks scoring Rise of the Guardians, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, and more.

Movie City News Length: 4:11 | By David Poland | December 5, 2012
DP/30 Special: Alexandre Desplat on the song from Rise of the Guardians, «Still Dream»

Film Music Magazine Length: 40:40 | By Daniel Schweiger | December 4, 2012
Audio: On the Score with Alexandre Desplat

Air Talk Length: 16:56 | By Larry Mantle | December 3, 2012
Composer Alexandre Desplat writes the soundtrack to Oscar season
What do several of this year’s Oscar contenders have in common? Scores by Alexandre Desplat, who composed for 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Argo,' 'Rust and Bone,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' and 'Rise of the Guardians.' Desplat burst onto the American film scene in 2003 as an established French composer.

CBR, Spinoff Online By Katie Calautti | November 23, 2012
Alexandre Desplat Discusses Scoring Rise of the Guardians

Collider By Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub | November 23, 2012
Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks 'Rise of The Guardians', Collaborating with Directors, Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Argo,' 'The Monuments Men,' and More

Classic FM Length: 6:06 and 7:13 | By Howard Goodall | November 21, 2012
Alexandre Desplat on movies and Mozart
Responsible for composing the soundtracks to Harry Potter, The Queen, New Moon, and now his latest, Rise of the Guardians, film music composer Alexandre Desplat shares his favourite composers with Classic FM's Howard Goodall.

BMI By M. Sean Ryan | November 20, 2012
10 Questions with Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat is sitting comfortably in his hotel room in New York. Despite a morning-full of press questions about his score for the fast-approaching DreamWorks epic Rise of the Guardians, which bears his emblematic touch and symphonic daring, the Grammy-nominated composer appears pleasantly unruffled. He sounds entirely at ease, too. Words spilling in a syrupy Parisian cadence and crackling in a soft rasp, Desplat recounts how he charted the transition of Guardians’ characters from the cheeky archetypes we associate with holidays into adrenalized action heroes.

The Wall Street Journal length: 4:19 | By Jim Fusilli | November 19, 2012
Alexandre Desplat: Composer, Rise of the Guardians
WSJ's Rock and Pop Critic Jim Fusilli Interviews Alexandre Desplat, the composer for the new film 'Rise of the Guardians.'

The Huffington Post By Priscilla Frank | November 19, 2012
Composer Alexandre Desplat On Scoring His Newest Film, 'Rise Of The Guardians'
You may be surprised to hear the same person composed the scores for the hormone-pumping vampire flick 'Twilight' as well as Terrence Malick’s 'Tree of Life' — we certainly were. If you’re still unfazed, the same composer is also the musical force behind 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,' 'Moonrise Kingdom' and 'The Ghost Writer.' The Academy Award nominated composer Alexandre Desplat’s newest project is 'Rise of the Guardians,' a 3D animated film chronicling young Jack Frost’s adventures with the Guardians — aka Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy. Based on book series 'The Guardians of Childhood' by William Joyce, the plot follows the mythical protectors as they help Frost fight the Nightmare King and save children’s dreams. The soundtrack is recognizable as a fantasy film score, but because it’s Desplat, it continues to take you places you wouldn’t expect. We spoke to the composer about the film, Santa Claus and revisiting old works.

Red Carpet News TV Length: 3:59 | November 15, 2012
Composer Alexandre Desplat Interview Rise of The Guardians UK Premiere

Hey U Guys Length: 2:02 | By Joe Cunningham and Colin Hart | November 15, 2012
Alexandre Desplat Interview - Rise of the Guardians UK Premiere
Joe Cunningham and Colin Hart from HeyUGuys interview legendary composer Alexandre Desplat at the UK premiere of Rise of the Guardians.

Flicks and the City Length: 3:39 | By Jan Gilbert | November 15, 2012
Alexandre Desplat Interview - Rise of the Guardians Soundtrack & Music
Alexandre Desplat talks about creating the soundtrack & music for Rise of the Guardians starring Isla Fisher, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman and Jude Law & working with Kathryn Bigelow on Zero Dark Thirty.

Collider By Adam Chitwood | November 9, 2012
Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks Scoring Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty; Says the Film Is Like a Japanese Kurosawa Movie

Le Parisien By Robyn Beck | May 19, 2012
Cannes: Alexandre Desplat signs the music of five films in official Selection
Alexandre Desplat, multi-rewarded in Europe and in the United States, signs the music of five films in official Selection in Cannes, and whose notes supplement the dialogues, explains it in AFP.

The Wall Street Journal By Lanie Goodman | May 17, 2012
The Fantastic Monsieur Desplat
The French Composer on Writing Music for Blockbusters, Art-House Films and Everything In Between

Anderson Vision By Troy Anderson | January 21, 2012
Alexandre Desplat (The Ides of March, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

Movie City News Length: 30:25 | By By David Poland | January 15, 2012
DP/30: composer Alexandre Desplat 2012
The composer of the 2011 scores for The Tree of Life, A Better Life, Carnage, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Pt 2, and The Ides of March

Collider By Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub | January 10, 2012
Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close', 'Harry Potter', 'Twilight', Wes Anderson and 'Moonrise Kingdom', and More

Los Angeles Times By Randy Lewis | January 5, 2012
Alexandre Desplat adroitly finds the proper musical key
The Oscar-nominated composer has scored eight films in 2011, including 'Extremely Loud,' 'Tree of Life,' 'Harry Potter' and 'A Better Life.'

2011

Hit Fix By Gerard Kennedy | December 29, 2011
Tech Support Interview: The ubiquitous Alexandre Desplat on living his dream

Movie Mom By Nell Minow | December 6, 2011
Interview: Composer Alexandre Desplat

Film School Rejects By Allison Loring | December 14, 2011
Alexandre Desplat Discusses His Favorite Project, Not Refusing Daldry, and Working Alone

Broadway World, Modern Music Masters By Pat Cerasaro | December 4, 2011
Alexandre Desplat Talks 'Twilight', 'Harry Potter', 'Carnage', Polanski & More

Deadline by Pete Hammond | November 23, 2011
Composer Alexandre Desplat Is Music To Oscar’s Ears Again This Season

Film Music Site Length: 15:41 | By Tim Horemans | November 5, 2011
After composing the music for over 50 European films and being nominated for two Cesar Awards, Alexandre Desplat, burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2003 with his evocative score to The Girl with the Pearl Earring (starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth), which earned him nominations from the Golden Globes, BAFTA and European Film Awards. 2011 was a very busy year for composer Alexandre Desplat. He wrote the music to Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Part 2, A Better Life, The Tree of Life, La Fille du Puisatier, Carnage, Largo Winch 2 and The Ides of March. He also won for the 3rd time is a row the 'composer of the year' award at the WSA in Ghent.

One Movie, Our Views By Erin V. | November 3, 2011
Alexandre Desplat – The Ides of March
Last week I had the opportunity to interview composer Alexandre Desplat who recently scored the very good political-thriller The Ides of March. The interview focuses mainly on that film, although a few questions near the end touch on his work on The Tree of Life and the final Harry Potter installment. Enjoy!

NPR Classical, Deceptive Cadence By Anastasia Tsioulcas | July 18, 2011
Alexandre Desplat: Creating Color For Harry Potter

Static Mass Emporium By Patrick Samuel | July 14, 2011
Golden Globe and BAFTA winning composer Alexandre Desplat has written some of the most beautiful and evocative scores for films in recent years including 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' (2008), 'The Ghost Writer' (2010) and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:Part 1' (2010). He joins us now for an exlcusive and in-depth chat about his most recent work, 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' (2011) and 'The Tree of Life' (2011), as well as his hero John Williams, his jazz influences, the magic of Harry Potter and the wonder of Terrence Malick.

Classical MPR Length: 4:58 | By Julie Amacher | July 12, 2011
New Classical Tracks - The Music of Harry Potter

The Leaky Cauldron By Mel, July 6, 2011
Alexandre Desplat, Discusses 'Lily’s Theme' and 'Hedwig’s Theme' in 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2'

The Wall Street Journal By Anthony Kaufman | May 28, 2011
How Do You Create Music For a Film You Haven’t Seen?

First Showing By Alex Billington | May 27, 2011
Interview in Cannes: 'The Tree of Life' Composer Alexandre Desplat

Associatd Press By Jack Coyle | Februari 17, 2011
Oscar could be coronation for composer Alexandre Desplat

Below The Lines By Darby Azalea Wilde | February 14, 2011
Contender – Composer Alexandre Desplat, The King’s Speech

Scott Holleran January 27, 2011
Alexandre Desplat on The King’s Speech

Gramophone By Charlotte Smith | January 25, 2011
My Music: Alexandre Desplat

Media Mikes By Mike Gencarelli | January 12, 2011
Alexandre Desplat is a French film composer that has had one heck of busy year in 2010. Not only taking over the final two films in the 'Harry Potter' franchise. Alexandre also composed this fall’s 'The King’s Speech', as well as 'Tamara Drewe' and 'The Ghost Writer'. Movie Mikes had a chance to chat with Alexandre about working with 'Harry Potter' and his real passion for what he does.

The Guardian Length: 37:07 | By Jason Solomons | January 6, 2011
Film Weekly scores with composer Alexandre Desplat
Jason Solomons talks to the man behind soundtracks to films by Terrence Malick, Jacques Audiard and Stephen Frears, and new release The King’s Speech

Tribeca Film By Nathaniel Rogers | January 04, 2011
Settling the Score
From his work in the latest Harry Potter to Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, composer Alexandre Desplat is Hollywood’s go-to maestro.

2010

The Film Experience By Nathaliel R. | December 14, 2010
How to Watch Movies (With Alexandre Desplat)

Variety By Steve Chagollan | December 11, 2010
Desplat works hard for the money
Composer raises the bar in the industry

MTV By Kara-Warner | November 29, 2010
'Harry Potter' Composer Takes Us Inside 'Deathly Hallows' Score
'That's quite a challenge to know that every single note that you write will be heard,' Alexandre Desplat tells MTV News of global 'Potter' audience.

Film Music Magazine By Daniel Schweiger | November 9, 2010
The Deathly Hallows Composer Alexandre Desplat

Ain't It Cool News By scorekeeper | November 9, 2010
ScoreKeeper Exchanges Spells with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Composer Alexandre Desplat!!

The Daily Festival de Cannes By EB | May 20, 2010
Musical Interview with Alexandre Desplat
The French film composer, Alexandre Desplat, is a member of the feature film Jury for the 63rd Festival de Cannes. Today he accords us a 'musical' interview.

The Hollywood Reporter By Scott Roxborough | February 16, 2010
Alexandre Desplat giving back in Berlin
Oscar nominee teaching masterclass at Talent Campus

2009

Examiner By Mark Morton | November 19, 2009
Exclusive Interview: Waxing 'New Moon' with Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat

Variety By Jon Burlingame | November 16, 2009
Composer Alexandre Desplat on a roll
French scorer says he cannot refuse movie offers

The Hollywood Reporter By Jeff Bond | October 28, 2009
Alexandre Desplat sinks his teeth into 'New Moon'

CNN By Alexandre Desplat | March 31, 2009
Maurice Jarre: The movie music maestro
The late Academy Award-winning composer Maurice Jarre enjoyed a glittering career composing the scores to many classic films. Last month, the 84 year-old who died Sunday gave one of his final interviews to CNN's The Screening Room, in conversation with fellow composer Alexandre Desplat.

Colonne Sonore By Maurizio Caschetto | February 15, 2009
The Curious Music of Monsieur Desplat: Interview with Alexandre Desplat
Colonne Sonore meets French film composer extraordinare Alexandre Desplat, nominated for an Academy Award for his score to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. In this exclusive interview, Desplat talks about the score for this film, his collaboration with David Fincher and about his own peculiar approach to the art of film scoring.

In Contention By Gerard Kennedy | February 5, 2009
Tech Support Interview: Alexandre Desplat

KCRW, Morning Becomes Eclectic Length: 3:00:00 | By Jason Bentley | January 9, 2009
Composer Alexandre Desplat shares anecdotes from his music making career including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Real TV Films Length: 1:20 | By Gordon Vasquez | January 9, 2009
Alexandre Desplat - Composer – Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Critics Choice Awards

2008

Wall Street Journal By Jim Fusilli | December 24, 2008
His Lovely Film Score Mixes Wonder With Realism

Variety By Jon Burlingame | November 17, 2008
Sound Bites: Alexandre Desplat
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Hollywood Reporter December 15, 2008
Oscar Roundtable: The Composers
Film composers aren’t exactly the most social creatures in Hollywood. But when five of this year’s Oscar front-runners - A.R. Rahman (Fox Searchlight’s 'Slumdog Millionaire'), Howard Shore (Miramax's 'Doubt'), Danny Elfman (Focus Features’ 'Milk'), Alexandre Desplat (Paramount’s 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button') and Jan Kaczmarek (Overture’s 'The Visitor') - sat down recently with The Hollywood Reporter's Kevin Cassidy, they seized the opportunity for a frank, passionate discussion of the past, present and future of film music.

2007

Music From The Movies By Rudy Koppl | December 18, 2007
The Golden Compass - Living The Dream

Variety By Jon Burlingame | December 11, 2007
Alexandre Desplat - 'Lust, Caution' & 'The Golden Compass' composer

Music From The Movies By Rudy Koppl | December 9, 2007
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - The Precious Gift of Life

Los Angeles Times By Alexandre Desplat, Special To The Times | December 5, 2007
Love, Desire and danger compose 'Lust, Caution'

HisDarkMaterials.org Length: 10:00 | November 27, 2007
The Golden Compass Red Carpet Premiere interviews
At Leicester Square, London, for the The Golden Compass World Premiere.

New York Times John Burlingame | January 7, 2007
Thinking in Colors and Textures, Then Writing in Music

2006

SoundtrackNet By Dan Goldwasser | November 29, 2006
Painting Desplat’s Musical Tapestry
Film composer Alexandre Desplat has been receiving critical acclaim for his work on the new drama The Queen. He also has another highly anticipated score forthcoming with The Painted Veil, and SoundtrackNet recently had a chance to talk again with Alexandre about these two projects, as well as a few other things.

SoundtrackNet By Dan Goldwasser | January 19, 2006
The New Sound Of Hollywood
Although he has been working for over 15 years in Europe, only within the past few years has composer Alexandre Desplat caught the attention of Hollywood. He has scored numerous studio features, including The Girl with a Pearl Earring (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination), Birth, Hostage, The Upside of Anger, and Casanova. He recently received another Golden Globe nomination, for his work on the political drama Syriana. SoundtrackNet recently had a chance to talk with Alexandre about his work, from his studio in France.