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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    In the Shawshank Redemption, there's a very moving scene in which the prisoners listen to a duet from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. The scene demonstrates the uplifting and inspiring power of Mozart's music. For those brief moments, the prisoners feel able to transcend their bleak environment.

    I'm not sure how realistic the scene is. Would a group of hardened criminals really be so moved by Mozart's music? Perhaps not. But whether or not the scene is true to life, it makes a compelling statement about the emotional effects of music.
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    Beethoven's 7th - Allegretto in the movie Zardoz....

    ...I'm kidding.

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    Mahler's 4th "Gates of Heaven" in the film El Norte. It starts at about 1 hour 10 minutes in the full film but I would go a few minutes before hand for the set up.

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    Mozart, "Ave Verum Corpus" in the film "I Am David."
    It's the emotional heart of the film: David is not the same person at the end of it as he was at the beginning. It's stunning!
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    Second movement of Ravel's string quartet in F major in The Royal Tenenbaums.

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    All the more than 30 classical pieces in Terrence Malick's film The Tree of Life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinski View Post
    All the more than 30 classical pieces in Terrence Malick's film The Tree of Life.
    Out of all of those, Brahms' 4th is my favorite.

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    The "Goldberg Variations" in The Silence of the Lambs. Quite chilling.
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    From Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948) -- The guy who just killed his friend (and is hosting a dinner party with the friend's parents) plays Poulenc's Mouvement Perpétuel while talking to his suspicious professor played by Jimmy Stewart.

    The "broken music box" vibe of the piece is very appropriate to the scene.



    An orchestration of the piece is also used throughout the film.
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    I don't know about "best" but an extremely great one was the last scene of the movie Conrack.




    In the context and story of the movie this is quite an amazing moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    Beethoven's 7th - Allegretto in the movie Zardoz....

    ...I'm kidding.
    Not the piece you want to associate with a half naked Sean Connery running around in one of the weirdest films you'll ever see.
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    RVW - Tallis Fantasia in Master and Commander
    Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent) in Traffic
    Weber/Berlioz - Invitation to the Dance in Animals are Beautiful People
    Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers in Animals are Beautiful People
    The Doors - The End in Apocalypse Now
    Dead Can Dance - The Host of Seraphim in Baraka
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    Not the piece you want to associate with a half naked Sean Connery running around in one of the weirdest films you'll ever see.
    Im sure the ladies appreciatd the half naked Connery.
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    The "piano stuff" in Eyes Wide Shut was from Musica Ricercata by Ligeti (composed in the '50's, so NOT written for the film). The piece you are referencing was probably meant to be boring. Ligeti limited himself to 3 pitches for that piece, so the main "theme" is those two notes over & over. When the 3rd note comes in super-loud, perhaps he meant it to "wake up" the listener. Unfortunately, I don't think Kubrick used that part of the piece. Kubrick must like Ligeti! He originally used that music in 2001 without Ligeti's permission, and Ligeti almost refused to let him (or sued, not sure which). Lucky for him his publisher talked him into letting it be used. It made him a lot of money and helped put him on the map as a composer.

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    The "piano stuff" in Eyes Wide Shut was from Musica Ricercata by Ligeti (composed in the '50's, so NOT written for the film). The piece you are referencing was probably meant to be boring. Ligeti limited himself to 3 pitches for that piece, so the main "theme" is those two notes over & over. When the 3rd note comes in super-loud, perhaps he meant it to "wake up" the listener. Unfortunately, I don't think Kubrick used that part of the piece. Kubrick must like Ligeti! He originally used that music in 2001 without Ligeti's permission, and Ligeti almost refused to let him (or sued, not sure which). Lucky for him his publisher talked him into letting it be used. It made him a lot of money and helped put him on the map as a composer.

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