*The Centenary of film music* will be celebrated throughout the year
2008 and until 2009 on the initiative of the French organization *UCMF
*(Union of Film Music Composers).
All the official events of the centennial will be held under the eminent
patronage of *Mr.* *Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic.*
*Camille Saint-Saëns *(1835-1921)* *was* *the first major composer who
wrote music specifically for the cinema: in 1908 for the film
L’ASSASSINAT DU DUC DE GUISE (aka The Assassination of the Duke de
Guise) directed by André Calmettes and Charles Le Bargy of the
prestigious Comédie Française.
The film, written by the academic Henri Lavedan and produced by Le Film
d\'Art (released by Pathé), was first shown at the Salle Charras in Paris
on *17 November 1908*. It received considerable international attention.
Like the Centenary of cinema, the UCMF wants to celebrate this event
surrounded by numerous institutional partners in a \"Centennial Committee
of Film Music\" to make this year a great anniversary celebration of
cinema and music for the movies, all to be transmitted around the world.
An Advisory Committee will also meet the prominent scholars of film
music who are to oversee all projects defined by the Centennial Committee.
Many public organizations have already agreed to support or participate
with the UCMF on this \"Centennial Committee of Film Music\" those of
which include the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, CNC,
the Federation of Film & Audiovisual Composers of Europe (FFACE), the
Foundation Pathé, SACEM, SACD, ADAMI, CISAC, DMDTS, INA, Radio France,
SPEDIDAM, BNF, to name just a few.