Use of Classical Music in “Le Feu Follet”
This beautiful also extremely depressing film features probably the most suitable composer to its mood throughout the film: Erik Satie, who is also known with his melancholic music. The fact that the only composer whose music can be heard in the film is Erik Satie can’t be randomly chosen, I believe. So, I would like to explain my point of view regarding what may be the reasons to such a particular choice.
First of all, there is something in common between the actions due to the psychology of the main character of the film, Alain, and the structure of the Satie’s music: they were both experimental, repetitive and have both little development in their fashion. Alain was in quest of finding something to live for; which made him to test some emotions, actions, or people if they worth to live for. He thought “love” might be the emotion makes him feel alive again but then all the women he loved were gone. First his American wife, Dorothy, then the woman he had an affair with, Lydia. Then, he thought he may count on “power” and “money”. But then, he said that the power also goes away since the money is consumable; so, either these can’t be the things to live for. Then he tested the “time”, his history and the future of his life. He tried to be happy with his crazy past and his old-dreams. They also failed him. But the point was that, he was being insistent with experimenting life repetitively from the different aspects of it. However, he had no further development in his reluctance and self-confidence. Just like there is no development is Satie’s music. All the pieces used in the film are short and without musical development in original. And, even in such short pieces we can hear repeated melodies and structures. Such a minimalist music described Alain’s situation in a beautiful way.
But the real elegance was in the style of use of music in the film. The scenes where the music was used were chosen very carefully. There was no excessive use of music. All the music was non-diegetic. We see the main character in the scene whenever we hear the music. What I have noticed in the first place when I was watching the film was that the music hasn’t started from the beginning of its original, instead, it played from the middle, which sometimes made it difficult for me to understand which piece it was. And most of the time, the background was silent when we heard the music. Just the conversation going on and music, it was. Sometimes the music was cut suddenly, whereas sometimes it went down so smoothly that I haven’t even noticed that the music was gone. I think that was the most wonderful and interesting technique in the use of music in the film because I felt like the music was cut all of a sudden if the main...