Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Feature
Alternative Silent Film Scores To Knock Your Socks Off
The greatest remixes in silent cinema history

submit to reddit

Now The Artist has given everyone a grounding in the joys of silent film – intertitles, flapper girls, cute dogs and all – the next step has to be to watch loads more silent films. These days it’s easily done, with YouTube brimming with them and silent classics regularly getting a lick of restorers’ paint or a new score to revive them. This week, thanks to the BFI and Nitin Sawhney, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger gets both. As a companion to Empire’s guide to silent movies, here’s a look at that and some of the others to search out.

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  1 of 8 Next

The Lodger (1926)

Composer: Nitin Sawhney
Year: 2012

Arguably the first quote-unquote proper Hitchcock film on the master’s CV, The Lodger created a template for many of the things moviegoers would come to know and love about his thrillers. There’s the Blonde, the Murderer, the Cameo, the stylised sets (here with a touch of the Murnaus) and, most of all, the Wrong Man (Ivor Novello) stuck amid a whole mess of misfortune. Composer Nitin Sawhney – fittingly, a one-time Novello Award nominee – enhances all these elements with his new score, toploading it with soaring romantic cues and moments of jarring tension. There’s even a nod or two to Bernard Herrmann to keep the hardcore happy.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
 
1 of 8
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1 Drone Rock Horror!
The Phantom Carriage KTL / Sunn0))) score is also very good More

Posted by jwebb66 on Wednesday August 15, 2012, 16:09

2
Pet Shop Boys over Battleship Potemkin is really odd...but I didn't hate it. More

Posted by Whistler on Tuesday August 14, 2012, 02:15

3 Solaris
A recent one was Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason's recent re-scoring of the original Solaris film. It's pretty gorgeous stuff, although i'd wager not as gorgeous as the one Cliff Martinez composed for the remake. More

Posted by bruised_blood on Monday August 13, 2012, 12:37

4 What about Queen?
Metropolis is one of my favourite movies and I did have a video with the film having a score by Queen. I have since lost the video though and can't find a copy anywhere with the Queen score. Much as I love the blu-ray release, I was really hoping that it would have an option to play the Queen score as well as the actual score. More

Posted by artigat1 on Monday August 13, 2012, 09:01

5 what about John Cale?
Nice selection, but you forgot to mention the extraordinary John Cale's soundtrack to Tod Browning's "The Unknown" (with an astonishing Lon Chaney performance). John Cale even made a live tour with it (it was presented here in Lisbon in the 1994 European Culture Capital event). More

Posted by Bernieasf on Saturday August 11, 2012, 13:14

6 You missed my favourite...
British Sea Power's scoring of 'Man of Aran' was another absolutely breathtaking one. More

Posted by Woodland Bear on Saturday August 11, 2012, 00:56

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Exclusive: Luc Besson Talks Lucy
'There is no bullshit with Scarlett Johansson'

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Talks What If...
On Gordon Ramsay, swearing and date movies

The 24 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Gamescom 2014: The 10 Most Exciting Games
Zombies! Guns! Tombs! Sheep! Watch the trailers right here...

Who Is Mack Bolan? Your Guide To Cinema's New Action Man
As Bradley Cooper lines up to star as the hero, here's your handy guide to his story so far

Film Studies 101: A Film Buff's Guide To Movie Movements
Everything you need to know about cinema's key groups

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)