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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:
Ludovic Bource

Conducted by:
Ernst Van Tiel

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jay-Alan Miller
Jean Gobinet
Michel Ange Merino
Vincent Artaud
Didier Goret
Vladimir Nikolov
Pierrick Poirier
Frederic Dunis
Albert Guinovart

Performed by:
The Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders

Co-Produced by:
Jerome Lateur
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Sony Classical
(November 21st, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
Winner of an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA Award. Nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you remain loyal to the emotionally extroverted and optimistically romantic tone of early Golden Age film music, a genre resurrected with impressive attention to detail for this silent film.

Avoid it... if there is too fine a line between tribute and parody for a score like this to succeed for ears that are too accustomed to the subtlety and weight of more recent orchestral techniques for film scores.
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WRITTEN 12/14/11
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The Artist: (Ludovic Bource) French director Michel Hazanavicius had always dreamed of making a silent, black and white movie about the transition to "talkies" in Hollywood's early days, and after a pair of moderately successful spy movies in the 2000's, he was afforded the opportunity to write and direct The Artist in 2011. The French film, adorned with English intertitles but otherwise without dialogue, tells of the relationship between an aging male star of silent films and a younger actress destined for greatness in cinema's next phase. Its 1927 setting in Hollywood allowed Hazanavicius to not only explore a compelling love story, but also make a commentary about the history of this era of cinema, all through the lens of techniques applicable to that period. The two leads of The Artist carry over from the director's collaborations in his prior spy films, though the 2011 movie also casts a handful of more familiar character actors in supporting roles. After surprising viewers at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the film was distributed by Warner Brothers and The Weinstein Company internationally for wider audiences, yielding tremendous receptions from reviewers and arthouse viewers. As expected, the unique nature of the film led to countless nominations from independent awards bodies, catapulting the movie into contention for America's major awards at the end of the year. Among the features of The Artist recognized by these groups is Ludovic Bource's original score, a dominant force in the film because of its placement alone in the audio mix. When sentimental music from yesteryear is allowed to carry heartbreaking scenes by itself, as witnessed in Michael Giacchino's Up a couple of year prior, the affinity factor for that soundtrack is difficult to ignore for awards voters. The task of writing an early Golden Age-style score for The Artist presented an immense challenge for Bource, however. The French composer was a relative unknown at the time of this film's debut, best recognized for his collaboration with Hazanavicius on his previous endeavors. Bource admitted to being a bit overwhelmed by the project at first, for his role in The Artist required him to purely emulate the style of soundtracks heard in silent movies of the era without simply creating a cheap parody of them. Without a substantial base of orchestral knowledge, Bource spent a significant amount of time with Hazanavicius studying both the music of Golden Age composing legends and the prior classical composers who had in part inspired them. He laboriously wrote and re-wrote passages to quote the mannerisms and demeanor of early film music without directly copying it, essentially forcing himself to write the genuine article nearly 100 years after it originally existed.

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Average: 3.53 Stars
***** 76 5 Stars
**** 62 4 Stars
*** 47 3 Stars
** 20 2 Stars
* 33 1 Stars
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Henri - August 19, 2012, at 3:46 a.m.
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Oscar for best original Score? I donít think so.
Andy D. - March 1, 2012, at 12:32 p.m.
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Lord Satan is this reviewer's eternal master   Expand >>
Dorothea McClure - February 5, 2012, at 9:29 p.m.
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Newest: May 24, 2012, at 11:41 J.Rienecker
5 Stars
Captain Future - December 17, 2011, at 1:00 a.m.
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beyond stupidity   Expand >>
Sa'ad Al-khatib - December 16, 2011, at 5:29 p.m.
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Newest: December 16, 2011, at 6:41 Edmund Meinerts

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Total Time: 77:45
• 1. The Artist Ouverture (1:02)
• 2. 1927 A Russian Affair (3:36)
• 3. George Valentin (5:36)
• 4. Pretty Peppy (2:33)
• 5. At the Kinograph Studios (1:38)
• 6. Fantaisie d'Amour (3:09)
• 7. Waltz For Peppy (3:22)
• 8. Estancia Op.8 - Danzas del Ballet II: Danza del Trigo - written by Alberto Ginastera (3:41)
• 9. Imagination - performed by Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (2:56)
• 10. Silent Rumble (1:16)
• 11. 1929 (1:33)
• 12. In the Stairs (3:15)
• 13. Jubilee Stomp - performed by Duke Ellington (2:35)
• 14. Comme Une Rosee de Larmes (3:24)
• 15. The Sound of Tears (4:48)
• 16. Pennies From Heaven - performed by Rose Murphy (2:14)
• 17. 1931 (4:47)
• 18. Jungle Bar (2:07)
• 19. L'Ombre des Flammes (5:58)
• 20. Happy Ending... (5:44)
• 21. Charming Blackmail (2:13)
• 22. Ghost From the Past (2:00)
• 23. My Suicide (6:25)
• 24. Peppy and George - performed by The Brussels Jazz Orchestra (2:06)

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The insert includes a list of performers and an interview with the composer (in English and French).
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