The history of film music is sketchy. Evidence has been lost; overgeneralizations have been made; and much of what has been discussed was focused on the United States and Western Europe. ‘A history of film music I: 1895–1927’ charts an early history of music in film with a global perspective providing examples from Europe, the United States, Iran, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Brazil. Music proves to be central to the history of film. Silent film has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years and the rebirth of silent film has made it possible for audiences today to feel something of the all-encompassing experience of the films of the 1920s.