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    How about Tom Ewell trying to seduce Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch with Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto?

    She announces that she know that it classical because it contains "no vocals".

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    Excalibur made effective use of Wagner and Orff

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    I think Kubrick relied too much on classical music in his movies. I think it is better to find a good film composer to tailor music for specific scenes (even when he did this I'm not crazy about the results though like that piano stuff in Eyes Wide Shut - boring!). There are exceptions of course and certain instances where a piece of classical music works perfectly in a scene, but Kubrick (in my view) tended to rely too much on slapping classical music over his scenes, most of which I think would sound better with different music. In Space Odyssey the Ligeti pieces he used work great I don't think any of the other classical music works very well in it. The majority of the time the music he chooses doesn't seem quite right to me.
    You can now hear at least some of the score by Alex North that was commissioned for 2001 but not used. The classical pieces were used as guide pieces for North. And indeed, the title theme he wrote bears a lot of similarity to the opening fanfare from Also sprach Zarathustra. Of course Kubrick decided to use those guide pieces, and - most amazing to me - didn't even tell North. The composer only found out at the NYC premiere of the film.

    There are various attempts on YouTube to use North's music for sections of the film as released, though it appears his final versions were from an earlier cut of the film and everything doesn't quite line up.

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    The Spanish Movie Cria Cuervos has an annoying pop song juxtaposed with Mompou's 6th Cancion to symbolize the emptiness inside a young girl.

    The Incredibles has an add-on clip called Jack-Jack Attack. Then babysitter tries to stimulate a baby with flashcards while playing Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca and the Nachtmusic for the Mozart Effect. When the innocent baby sees a flashcard with fire on it, he turns into a human torch, and the background switches to the Dies Irae from the Requiem. I don't think too many people picked up on the two sides of Mozart being presented here. The Mozart Effect has a downside.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dQpFu8uRP0
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    I remember many such scenes/uses, but here is my top ten list:

    1. Brahms string sextet no. 1 in Les Amantes (The Lovers) by Louis Malle
    2. Schubert piano trio no. 2 in Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick
    3. Mendelssohn violin concerto in Dzieje Grzechu (The Story of Sin) by Walerian Borowczyk
    4. Brahms violin concerto in There Will Be Blood by Paul Thomas Anderson
    5. Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra in 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
    6. Wagner Die Walküre in Apocalypse Now by Francis Coppola
    7. Vivaldi Four Seasons in Krajobraz Po Bitwie (Landscape After the Battle) by Andrzej Wajda
    8. Bach Goldberg variations in The Silence of the Lambs by Jonathan Demme
    9. Shostakovich string quartet no. 8 in The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos
    10. Bach WTC (prelude in E minor) in Дикое поле (Wild Field) by Mikheil Kalatozishvili
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    The Marriage of Figaro: Overture


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    The Vivaldi piece in All the President's Men is great - the way it enhances the tension of the scene, the way it breaks up the movie (it's probably the movie's loudest moment)

    Unfortunately, the soundtrack version sounds like... I think it's synthesizer. It sounds like a totally different recording, and worse, it sounds so precise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    You can now hear at least some of the score by Alex North that was commissioned for 2001 but not used. The classical pieces were used as guide pieces for North. And indeed, the title theme he wrote bears a lot of similarity to the opening fanfare from Also sprach Zarathustra. Of course Kubrick decided to use those guide pieces, and - most amazing to me - didn't even tell North. The composer only found out at the NYC premiere of the film.

    There are various attempts on YouTube to use North's music for sections of the film as released, though it appears his final versions were from an earlier cut of the film and everything doesn't quite line up.
    can you give me the link of youtube to watch Alex ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mifek View Post
    I remember many such scenes/uses, but here is my top ten list:

    1. Brahms string sextet no. 1 in Les Amantes (The Lovers) by Louis Malle
    2. Schubert piano trio no. 2 in Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick
    3. Mendelssohn violin concerto in Dzieje Grzechu (The Story of Sin) by Walerian Borowczyk
    4. Brahms violin concerto in There Will Be Blood by Paul Thomas Anderson
    5. Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra in 2001: Dafont Showbox FileHippoA Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
    6. Wagner Die Walküre in Apocalypse Now by Francis Coppola
    7. Vivaldi Four Seasons in Krajobraz Po Bitwie (Landscape After the Battle) by Andrzej Wajda
    8. Bach Goldberg variations in The Silence of the Lambs by Jonathan Demme
    9. Shostakovich string quartet no. 8 in The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos
    10. Bach WTC (prelude in E minor) in Дикое поле (Wild Field) by Mikheil Kalatozishvili
    thanks for this very good list i like them all
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    Master and Commander: Far Side of the World has an effective use of the Bach Cello Suite No. 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraemeG View Post
    There was very effective use of the allegretto from Beethoven 7th in The King's Speech. It was in the more-or-less climactic scene near the end, where King George V/(Firth) makes the declaration of war speech on the radio. In the movie, the scene is tense and quiet at the beginning, but the cinema audience is euphoric by the end. Considering the text itself it pretty uninspiring by today's standards, and Firth can't (by definition!) make a great oration of it, how is the emotional effect achieved in the audience? Simple; the music does it. The stuttering opening to the Allegretto is actually a perfect fit for the atmosphere in the film, and then over the next 5 minutes or so, Beethoven does the job than no-one else could have.
    I felt like shouting out afterward to the whole cinema "That was Beethoven who did that, don't you realise. Go home and listen to real music!"
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    So what are some great uses of classical music not originally written for the cinema that you can think of? I am going to ban you from choosing music biopics because that's just cheating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiyatsiya View Post
    So what are some great uses of classical music not originally written for the cinema that you can think of? I am going to ban you from choosing music Xender Discord Omegle biopics because that's just cheating.
    In the movie, the scene is tense and quiet at the beginning, but the cinema audience is euphoric by the end. Considering the text itself it pretty uninspiring by today's standards, and Firth can't (by definition!) make a great oration of it, how is the emotional effect achieved in the audience? Simple; the music does it. The stuttering opening to the Allegretto is actually a perfect fit for the atmosphere in the film, and then over the next 5 minutes or so, Beethoven does the job than no-one else could have.
    I felt like shouting out afterward to the whole cinema
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