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The Artist [Soundtrack]

Ludovic Bource Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • ASIN: B005LL4U54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Artist Ouverture
2. 1927 A Russian Affair
3. George Valentin
4. Pretty Peppy
5. At The Kinograph Studios
6. Fantaisie D Amour
7. Waltz For Peppy
8. Estancia OP. 8
9. Imagination
10. Silent Rumble
11. 1929
12. In The Stairs
13. Jubilee Stomp
14. Comme Une Rosée De Larmes
15. The Sound Of Tears
16. Pennies From Heaven
17. 1931
18. Jungle Bar
19. L'Ombre Des Flammes
20. Happy Ending ...
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Editorial Reviews

Nominated for the Palme d Or at Cannes in May 2011, The Artist is a silent film directed by Michel Hazanavicius using the techniques and expressions reminiscent of old-time movie making. Composer Ludovic Bource s original music is brilliant and catchy in the spirit of Chaplin, Max Steiner and Franz Waxman and evokes the big romantic symphonic repertoire from the 19th Century. The music speaks and replaces the words it becomes part of the story and is essential to the film.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The sound of silents November 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Each year, around this time, an unexpected art house film emerges as a critical darling with Academy Awards potential. It happened to Life is Beautiful in 1998, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in 2000, Brokeback Mountain in 2005, Juno in 2007, Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, Precious in 2009... the list goes on and on. In 2011, that film could be The Artist, director Michel Hazanavicius's story about a silent movie matinee idol in 1920s Hollywood whose career is threatened by the advent of sound in motion pictures. The difference here, unlike those other films, is that The Artist is a silent film itself, shot in black and white and in such a way that the style and tone of the piece mirrors the very films in which Hazanavicius's protagonist appears. The movie stars Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle and Penelope Ann Miller, and has already opened to great critical acclaim in the United States.

Back in the early part of the 20th century, films were often accompanied by a live pianist performing `photoplay music', or by an orchestra performing classical music of the day, to accentuate the mood of the film. Occasionally directors would hire composers to write original music that would be played during the film's performance - the first recorded instance of this was in 1908 when the revered classical composer Camille Saint-Saëns wrote 15 minutes of original music for the historical drama L'Assassinat du duc de Guise, and later Joseph Carl Breil's wrote a significant score for D.W.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A showcase of what might have been... December 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Silent films are a bit of an acquired taste for modern audiences, but from the advent of "movies" as we understand them in the early 1900's to about 1930 or so, "talkies" were essentially unthinkable. Silent films were all about image--the grand gesture, the longing look, the outstretched hand. There was no dialogue to distract the viewer from the visual medium, but there was...Music. Glamorous, dazzling music, sometimes--sometimes orchestral in sweep, sometimes tinkly and small; sometimes designed to be played live with the picture, sometimes integrated into the film, but always providing that auditory link to the emotional life of the characters the helped to hook the audience. Ludovic Bource has clearly inhabited the soul of the scores from the 1920's to early 1930's with his grand, swashbuckling gestures and his swaggering jazz era numbers. This score is, above all things, gorgeous to listen to, full of memorable tunes and generous melodies. From the toe tapping, Gershwin channeling "George Valentin" to almost Puccini-esque evocation of "In the stairs", from the lush "The Sound of Tears" to the dance hall jazz of "Peppy and George", this is a treat for the ears. Playing "spot the influence" is fun, but above all, Bource has created his own original take on the era, inspired by but not a copy of those wonderful silent film scores, inventive and playful, and a joy to discover.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Experience. A Brilliant Score December 22, 2011
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Score has always been the one constant through narrative filmmaking. If modern day films share one major aspect with the silent film era (besides storytelling) it's musical score. Before filmmakers had the ability to record dialogue and sound effects they relied on live music played by a piano player inside the theater for every show. Then finally when sound could be recorded onto film music was the first thing. It's just a natural storytelling device, and to this day remains the most important aspect of filmmaking. So, what would you say if there was a silent film released in 2011? For The Artist we do indeed have a silent film made in 2011, and just like when film started out we have score front and center.

Ludovic Bource's score is a stunning reminder of how score functioned when it was the only sound the audience would here. The vital importance of this music is so unique when compared to other films today. The score on this album works hand in hand with the actors to tell every bit of the story, and what a fabulous experience it is. The music moves up and down and you can almost visualize movement because of how structured to the story it is. The score as a whole is rich and full of different sections of emotions. The characters shine through as the score defines every bit of the characters. While the score has certain genre tendencies it definitely doesn't feel like something composed back in the 30's or 40's. It does have a lot of musical stylings that represent the time period of the story, but it's no different than a modern day composer incorporating setting and atmosphere into a score. Just because the music has a 1930's feel doesn't mean the score is trying to be a score from that era. This is indeed a modern silent film score and a beautiful one at that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in Love with the Artist! February 12, 2012
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Since the day the CD of "The Artist" arrived, I have played it and played it so many times, I've lost count! I absolutely LOVED the movie and the music? C'est manifique!!! Just beautiful! If the Oscar voters have an ounce of brains, "The Artist" will SWEEP each and every category they're in, especially Actor (Ah, mon ami!) and music. Get on and order your copy of the "Artist" CD. Just beautiful!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Opinion of "The Artist" DVD
When I put the DVD into the DVD player the other night for the first time. It didn't work. My DVD player is fairly new and I never have any problems with it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carole Giarmo
2.0 out of 5 stars Artist did not make the grade
I ordered the cd several times and each time it arrived damaged. After each subsequent arrival, I asked them to ship it another method but it never happened. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lisa Gwozdz
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Music!
Lodovic Bource captured the emotions of the movie so creatively! Loved it so much I've ordered the piano score.

Great potrayal of humor, dispair, and success.
Published 9 months ago by Cathy Rockoff
4.0 out of 5 stars This product is as advertised.
This product is as advertised. Satisfactorily made and serves the purpose for which it was designed. Would recommend it to others.
Published 9 months ago by Steady_01
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM SCORE
High quality CD of a masterpiece motion picture. Even if you never saw "The Artist" this soundtrack is worth getting.
Published 16 months ago by David Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
A silent movie is only as good as a soundtrack and this doesn't disappoint. My Suicide is one of the loveliest songs and you won't be able to stop tapping your toes to Jubilee... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ellen McCarthy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good condition
There is nothing wrong with this product but I thought I ordered the movie and not interested in the soundtrack.
Published 19 months ago by Sheila Rollins
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine music for a fine film
I absolutely loved the movie and am enjoying the music now. As I listen I can visualize the scenes involved and can truly appreciate the musical score that accompanied them. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist
I enjoyed seeing the DVD even though i had already seen the movie. The movie, music, and Uggie make this a DVD people will watch over and over.
Published on October 10, 2012 by J. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent soundtrack to a great film
Although I saw THE ARTIST in the theater in January and loved it, I decided to hold off on purchasing the soundtrack CD until the film was issued on DVD, so I could purchase both... Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by steve_manassas
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