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    Thumbs up People enjoying classical music in movie scenes

    Here’s a couple from the top of my head. Going by memory too, so hopefully I am not just making the scenes up.

    Hannibal Lecter enjoying Bach right in the middle of his escape “operation” in The Silence of the Lambs. (Yes, some of what conditionally could be called surgery took place too.)

    Antonio Salieri reliving his past glory (and enjoying his own music at the same time, if I remember correctly) while having a conversation with a young priest in the beginning of Amadeus.

    Hopefully there’s still plenty more to go…

    Movie clips would be nice of course, but unfortunately my outdated software no longer works with Youtube. If anybody manages to find these, please feel free to post by all means.
    When I hear John Cage’s 4’33”, I reach for my earplugs.

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    A negative example: Capt. Picard telling the computer to change from Beethoven's Sonata Op. 13 to "something Latin." (From Star Trek: Insurrection)

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    Mahler and Shutter Island

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adsIBf1nl0s[/YT]

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    A Clockwork Orange?

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    I remember Bach being played by a character in the remake of "The Day The Earth Stood Still."

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    In the movie "Master and Commander," Captain Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and Dr. Maturing (Paul Bettany) play Boccherini's string quintet, G. 324, Op. 30.

    If I remember correctly, Jamie Foxx, in "The Soloist," plays some of Bach's cello suites.

    Wagner's Flight of the Valkyries features prominently in the move "Valkyrie" with Tom Cruise and Kenneth Brannagh.

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    Strange topic but here's some I can remember:

    The bad guy in Hard Target with Van Damme has some piano chops and plays a piece in his mansion. I can't remember what the music was and can't find the video on Youtube but I think it might be Liszt.

    That scene in the Shawshank Redemption.

    There's this bit in Vicky Cristina Barcelona which features Albeniz's Granada:

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPHuBgEUO6U[/YT]

    Jamie Fox's character really get's into Beethoven's Eroica in The Soloist.

    If you put thought into it there are absolutely loads of examples.

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    Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaoKtN-4--0

    That's Bernard Hermann, who wrote the film score, on the podium.

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    In Educating Rita Julie Walters moves into Maureen Lipmann's flat to be greeted by her exclaiming "Isn't Mahler simply devine" or somesuch, and a Mahler symphony playing loudly in the background.
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    In Boondocks Saints the detective enjoys something from an opera, but I don't know what since they last time I watched it was before I was in love with classical music.

    Also with Alfred Hitchcock, in Psycho the 'psycho' enjoys Beethoven's Eroica. Oh and in Terminator the antagonist enjoys Beethoven 9. What's with Beethoven being enjoyed by crazy people?

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    Does this topic only apply to movies, or can we squeeze in TV scenes?

    In Star Trek Voyager at 1:38 they play the second movement of Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony and at 5:51 they play the second movement of Mahler's first symphony. This scene was my first exposure to Mahler.

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=injd460GTWU[/YT]
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    Again, I know this is TV, but I always liked this scene from Star Trek, The Next Generation. I think the episode is "Sarek." The music starts at .36, but at 1:12, Brahms' Sextet makes a Vulcan weep. I wasn't listening to classical music at the time, and this scene was one of the spurs that got me back into it.

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URZLKECFjaY[/YT]
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    Quote Originally Posted by GraemeG View Post
    In Educating Rita Julie Walters moves into Maureen Lipmann's flat to be greeted by her exclaiming "Isn't Mahler simply devine" or somesuch, and a Mahler symphony playing loudly in the background.
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    I remember that! She says, "Wouldn't you just die without Mahler," and at the end, after listening to his 6th symphony, she kills herself.

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    Towards the beginning of Immortal Beloved there is a scene of a pianist playing Beethoven with the audience in various stages of rapture.

    In The Madness of King George, the king is shown enjoying a Handel concert, forcing his courtiers to stand through it.

    This scene from Farinelli, the Castrato, features Handel literally flipping his wig.

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWMOmBohlTE[/YT]
    Last edited by Manxfeeder; Nov-04-2010 at 14:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nix View Post
    Oh and in Terminator the antagonist enjoys Beethoven 9.


    I can't remember that part of the film. I can't think of anything like that in any of the sequels either. I can't even think of any Arnie films that could be in. The closest I can think of is there's a baddie in The Running man who's into opera but that's all that comes to mind.

    In All About Eve, one of women in it requests Liszt's Liebestraum No 3 to a restaurant pianist.

    That German officer enjoys listening to Szpilman play Chopin's Ballade No 1 in The Pianist.

    Rachmaninoff's PC No 2 is heavily used in Brief Encounter but I can't remember if the music is diagetic or not.

    If Gilbert and Sullivan is considered classical, the Harold Abrahams character in Chariots of Fire is seen enjoying and performing their most well known excerpts.

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