Short French film, ‘Les Lézards’ (2012) by Vincent Mariette, with uncredited use of Popol Vuh music (the ‘Aguirre’ theme).

From article by Eduardo Morian for Revistafram:

“The most stressful moments, which are the intervention of the woman of naked torso and the confession of the guy in boxer are accompanied by the music of Popol Vuh composed for the film “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (Dir.: Werner Herzog, 1972), that is not mentioned in the end credits and it is said a lot about a Belle and Sebastian’ song “Seymour Stein” that is the favorite of Florence, the strip-teaser who dated Léon and who wants to forget about her… but he insists in remembering.”

In an interview by Géraldine Pioud for Format Court (February 2014), director Mariette confirms the use of the ‘Aguirre’- theme.

“Dans « Les Lézards », il y a un morceau qu’on a pris dans le film « Aguirre » de Herzog : il y a un glissement vers le lyrisme qui me plaisait bien. Et puis il y a la musique de fin qui ne correspondait pas ce que je voulais au départ ! J’avais envie d’une musique de Michael Nyman, le compositeur des films de Peter Greenaway. Mais cela n’a pas été possible. On a donc cherché autre chose avec l’aide d’un conseiller musical qui m’a proposé ce morceau (« Truth » d’Alexander) qui a une connotation un peu western et qui glisse aussi vers la légèreté. Je crois que ça fonctionne bien même si c’est un choix « par défaut » : tout le monde me parle de cette musique”.


Joseph D.Rowland (Pallbearer):

"Popol Vuh is one of my favorite bands of all time. I'm not really sure how I came across Popol Vuh years ago, but they have consistently stuck with me as one of the most atmosphere-filled music groups that's able to conjure up such an incredible feeling, a meditative feeling, with simple but with awesome melodies, hypnotic". (2013)

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