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    Default Classical music in film scores

    First of all, I'd like to learn about films with solely classical soundtrack. Or, OK, about those, where it is used more often than once on occasion. And if someone remembers great scenes/episodes featuring classical music, I would appreciate it too.

    I'd like to break the ice here, but nothing decent comes to my mind outright.

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    Some favourites of mine - plenty more where this came from! -


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    Stanley Kubrick uses a lot of (only?) Classical music in his films. Beethoven's 9th plays a pivotal role in A Clockwork Orange. 2001: A Space Odyssey features everything from Johann Strauss II to Richard Strauss to Ligeti. Bartok, Penderecki, and Ligeti are used to create the creepy soundtrack for The Shining. Eyes Wide Shut has Mozart, Ligeti, and Shostakovich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    Stanley Kubrick uses a lot of (only?) Classical music in his films. Beethoven's 9th plays a pivotal role in A Clockwork Orange. 2001: A Space Odyssey features everything from Johann Strauss II to Richard Strauss to Ligeti. Bartok, Penderecki, and Ligeti are used to create the creepy soundtrack for The Shining. Eyes Wide Shut has Mozart, Ligeti, and Shostakovich.
    Yes, definitely Kubrick. That's why I wrote "nothing comes to my mind outright". Bartok and Ligeti in one film is enough to re-watch The Shining - thanks for reminding! Just found a cool excerpt from one of his lesser-known movies, by the way:


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    OK, technically, a movie score and a soundtrack is not the same thing, I don't think so. That's what got me confused for a sec about this thread. But moving on... If you are after movies with some serious music in them, have you seen "There Will Be Blood" or "Shutter Island"?
    When I hear John Cage’s 4’33”, I reach for my earplugs.

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    Immortal Beloved is, from what I recall, solely Beethoven. I believe Death in Venice is mostly Mahler's Adagietto, and Amadeus is, as they say, mostly Mozart.
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