Johannes Brahms

The Scores: The sound of silence in 'The Artist'

The Scores: The sound of silence in 'The Artist'

Ludovic Bource | "The Artist"

There was, of course, a bit of a history lesson that French composer Ludovic Bource embarked upon while working on "The Artist." Some of the touchstones for director Michel Hazanavicius' silent film about the end of the silent film era were clear, such as "Sunset Boulevard" and the music of the late film composer Franz Waxman. Yet Bource also immersed himself in the work of early Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein and classical masters such as Johannes Brahms.

Next, he had to get that all out of his head, to compose a score that would pay tribute to Hollywood's musically flamboyant and often playful beginnings...