More (1969)


MORE; Mimsy Farmer

More is 1969 film. The first directorial effort by Barbet Schroeder, the film became a hit in Europe, and today has now achieved the status of “cult classic”. Starring Mimsy Farmer and Klaus Grünberg,  it is principally set on the sun-drenched Spanish island of Ibiza. A young German student, Stefan (Grunberg), is taking a break from his university studies. He hitchhikes to Paris for some freedom. He says he wants to be warm for a change, to have a chance to see the Sun. While at a party in Paris, Stefan meets a free-spirited American girl named Estelle (Farmer). He is instantly drawn to Estelle, and pursues her. He will even eventually follow her to the island of Ibiza. In Ibiza they slowly begin a relationship. Estelle introduces Stefan to many pleasures and freedoms, including taking drugs. Ultimately he will even try heroin, to which he eventually becomes addicted. The results are tragic.

Schroeder has said that the story of More was modeled on the myth of Icarus and Daedalus, “with Estelle representing the Sun”. The film was shot on location by the legendary cinematographer Nestor Almendros, who was to become a long-time collaborator with Schroeder. More debuted in Cannes at the 22nd Cannes Film Festival, in May of 1969, and the U.S. premiere was in New York in August, 1969. The film’s musical score was unique for the time, as it was written and performed by the group Pink Floyd, they would later release the music as an album, Soundtrack from the film More. The score is now one of the reasons of its cult status.

Pink Floyd’s Soundtrack: More is one of the first feature films that used a contemporary rock group to create a soundtrack for a motion picture. In early 1969, Barbet Schroeder invited Pink Floyd to compose a full-length musical soundtrack for a movie. They had done a few smaller music scoring projects starting in 1967 (‘Interstellar Overdrive‘ for the movie ‘San Francisco’ as well as a soundtrack for ‘The Committee’, in 1968, which included an early version of ‘Careful with That Axe, Eugene’) Because thier label, EMI viewed the album as a special project, More allowed the band freer artistic rein. It was Pink Floyd’s first major opportunity to demonstrate that they could produce their own recordings themselves, without the constraints imposed by Norman Smith at Abbey Road. The soundtrack from More became Pink Floyd’s first of two projects working with director Barbet Schroeder. Another soundtrack project followed a few years later, ‘Obscured by Clouds (The Valley)’.

MORE, Original French Trailer (video)

MORE, Original Pressbook, English (PDF, click to download/view)

DVD: Amazon

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