Revisit for a moment your “The Big Lebowksi” DVD. Fast forward to Dude’s visit to Jack Treehorn’s Malibu home. You know, where bare-chested tarts bounce up and down on trampolines amidst a pagan bonfire. Proceed directly to the scene in which Jackie Treehorn pours Dude a “caucasian.”
In that scene lies a fantastic little tune written by Henry Mancini—”Lujon.”
On this number, Mancini’s string arrangements are marvelous. They practically drip sensuality. To say they are beautiful is an understatement. To say that the song is perfection is not hyperbole. It was originally written for the ’50s TV series “Mr. Lucky.” Thanks to the Coen Brothers’ T-Bone Burnett it was resurrected for “The Big Lebowski.”
Two years before the song’s appearance in the psychedelic LA noir film, a Parisian DJ remixed the track. With a song as perfect as “Lujon,” one could certainly be excused for categorically dismissing any re-recording or remix. However, there is one exception: Dimitri From Paris’ remix “Souvenir de paris,” which appeared on his debut LP “Sacrebleu,” released in 1996. Dimitri From Paris blended electronica (French House being the rage at the time) and jazz to great effect.
Below, I’ve embedded Mancini’s original “Lujon” and Dimitri From Paris’ remix as “Souvenir de paris.” As a bonus for the cineaste amongst our readers, I’ve included a video of Dimitri’s remix paired with clips from Jean-Luc Godard’s film “Une femme est une femme.”
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