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French director Michel Hazanavicius’ film The Artist has enjoyed critical praise and won several awards since it made a splash at the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival. It's a black-and-white silent movie set during Hollywood’s transition from the silent era to talkies. The Artist is a classic tale of a romantic couple caught in the middle of that historic change: actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) sees his career slide downward while actress Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) rises to stardom. Of course, music is front and center in this wordless movie. French composer Ludovic Bource draws from renowned film composers such as Franz Waxman, Max Steiner, and Charlie Chaplin, but classical music also serves as a model for this lively score (just as it did for Waxman, et al.). “George Valentin” is a jaunty track rippling with melodic percussion, while “Waltz for Peppy” delights with its fluttering winds and expressive strings. The soundtrack also includes Red Nichols and His Five Pennies doing “Imagination,” Rose Murphy’s “Pennies from Heaven,” and Duke Ellington’s “Jubilee Stomp.”

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Utterly Charming Companion Piece

Hi, I'm 14 years old and I'm guessing you would expaect me to like the autotuned crap that comes out now. On the contrary, I believe this is an utterly charming companion piece to a perfect movie. This soundtrack has one thing that most songs that rule the charts don't have - emotion. I saw the film this very day, it was silent and could not have worked without it. It leaps to recognisable scenes from the film, but it seems not seamless but enchantingly interlocked, almost telling half the story. I strongly recommend this to anyone who likes an organic feel to their soundtracks. I also recommend the film to everyone.

Delightful score

Well said 14-year-old! Just goes to show you that the older generation is not always the benchmark of good taste (or good manners, come to think of it). This is a terrific soundtrack to a marvellous film. No surprise that it has just earned its composer a Golden Globe

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Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Inspired by the likes of Prokofiev, Ravel, and Debussy, Ludovic Bource is a French composer/arranger famous for his successful musical relationship with critically acclaimed director Michel Hazanavicius. After starting his career scoring various commercials, he moved onto creating soundtracks for the short films En Attendant, Sirene Song, and Spartacus, and producing albums for the likes of French hip-hop trio Svinkels (Bois Mes Paroles), folk-pop chanteuse Little (Rose Bonbon) and Gallic rock vocalist...
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The Artist (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Ludovic Bource
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: 10 October 2011

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