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Young Composers Silent Movies That Have Aired


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Was watching TCM today and the Young Composers commercial came on and someone mentioned that they were in the fifth year of this competition. I know that last year Laugh Clown Laugh was the movie that was shown but does anyone have a list of the other three. Thank You!

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2000 -- 26 year old Vivek Maddala of San Francisco scored the 1921 Silent "The Ace of Hearts".


2001 -- 33 year old Peter Vantine of Middleton, Mass. scored the 1921 silent "Camille," a 1921 romance starring Rudolph Valentino.


2002 -- 27 year old H. Scott Salinas from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania scored the 1928 silent film "Laugh, Clown, Laugh"


2003 -- 27 year old Linda Martinez from Los Angeles, CA scored the 1925 silent film "The Rag Man"


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They do compose more than one a year. Vivek Maddala has also scored THE MYSTERIOUS LADY (1928) with Greta Garbo; the recently restored THE SCARLET LETTER (1926) with Lillian Gish; and a 1925 Technicolor short, THE FLAG, with Francis X. Bushman.


Peter Vantine has also scored A LADY OF CHANCE (1928) with Norma Shearer. And H. Scott Salinas has just scored Cecil B. DeMille's THE SQUAW MAN (1914), which has its world television premiere in April, during TCM's Director of the Month tribute to DeMille.


I believe several other finalists in the competitions have scored other silent films as well, so TCM is keeping its prize winners pretty busy. Remember, it's no snap to compose a score for a silent film!

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