Silent Film

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Film critic Mark Kermode on the silent film soundtrack

TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 2
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 22:00

As part of the BBC’s Sound of Cinema season, Mark Kermode presents the history and development of the silent film soundtrack.

From the earliest piano accompaniments of the 1910s through orchestral scores and later jazz soundtracks, Kermode explores how soundtracks are improvised and composed for moving pictures.

Featuring interviews with Ludovic Bource, award-winning composer of the soundtrack for The Artist (2011), silent film pianist Neil Brand and composer Carl Davis as well as Jean Darling, one of the few surviving child stars of the silent era.