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Movie-Goer ~ Pop Cinema And The Classics
Movie-Goer ~ Pop Cinema And The Classics


Although by the mid '60s the use of pre-existing classical music in films had already been deployed with sensitivity and humour by such directors as Alexander Mackendrick, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier-Paolo Pasolini, Glauber Rocha, Richard Lester, Ken Russell and Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick was the first to give it a central role in an entire film. 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange used swathes of Also Sprach Zarahustra, The Blue Danube Waltz, Ligeti's Lux Aeterna and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to famous dramatic effect, with Kubrick explaining, "Unless you want a pop score, I don't see any reason not to avail yourself of the great orchestral music of the past and present"..Coming into vogue after Kubrick, the system offered the director flexibility and control. It was a valid, stylish way of clarifying the underlying emotion of a scene or establish mood; a way to compliment the film narratively, theatrically, structurally and conceptually..Instrumental classical works or traditional song are featured in A Hard Day's Night, Help!, Privilege, Head, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Lisztomania and Absolute Beginners, and all say something of pop's relationship with the classics. Bowie actually performed the Holst piece live in 1966. Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition was the subject of an adaptation by Emerson Lake and Palmer and was showcased in a fascinating live performance film of the group shot at the Lyceum Ballroom in 1970 (though the film was not given a cinematic release until 1973). ELP's contemporaries, Yes, drew inspiration from Igor Stravinsky and paid homage by using the final movement from The Firebird as introductory music at their concerts from 1972 and for decades on. During The Beatles' Help! Paul McCartney is miniaturised to the strains of Wagner, while in a dank Chiswick pub cellar, the singing of Beethoven's Ode to Joy saves Ringo from an escaped tiger. In Hal Ashby's black comedy Harold & Maude, Harold is obsessed by death, and likes to stage elaborate fake suicides...


  1. Name
  2. Breathless (A Bout De Souffle) (1960) Clarinet Concerto K 622 - Rondo Allegro
  3. Billy Liar (1963) Song Of The Clyde
  4. Billy Liar (1963) Concerto Symphonique No. 4, Op. 102
  5. A Hard Day's Night (1964) A Nation Once Again
  6. The Gospel According To St. Matthew (1964) Violin Sonata No. 1 In G Minor, Bwv 1001: I. PrÃludium
  7. Black God, White Devil (Deus E O Diabo Na Terra Do Sol) (1964) Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5: Ãria
  8. The Ipcress File (1965) Serenade No. 13 For Strings In G Major, K. 525 "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"
  9. The Debussy Film (1965) Danse Profane
  10. Help! (1965) Lohengrin (Prelude To Act III)
  11. Help! (1965) 1812 Overture, Op. 49 (Excerpt)
  12. Help! (1965) Symphony 9 (Ode To Joy) (Excerpt)
  13. Help! (1965) Barber Of Seville - Overture (Excerpt)
  14. Persona (1966) Adagio From Concerto No. 2 In E Major For Violin, Strings And Continuo, Bwv 1042
  15. Seconds (1966) That Old Black Magic
  16. Wrong Box (1966) Minuet In G
  17. Georgy Girl (1966) Vibration
  18. Weekend (1967) Allegro From Piano Sonata No.18 In D Major, K576 â€huntâ€
  19. Privilege (1967) Messiah
  20. Interlude (1968) Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 - 3rd Movement (Excerpt)
  21. Toby Dammit (1968) Ruby
  22. The Immortal Story (1968) Gnossiennes No 3 Lent
  23. The Immortal Story (1968) Trois Morceaux En Forme De Poire No. 6
  24. The Immortal Story (1968) Gymnopedies No 2 Lent & Triste
  25. Delius - A Song Of Summer (1968) A Song Of Summer
  26. Rosemary's Baby (1968) FÃr Elise
  27. Head (1968) Kunstlerleben (Artist's Life), Op.316
  28. The Italian Job (1969) The British Grenadiers
  29. Midnight Cowboy (1969) The Last Round-Up
  30. Tristana (1970) Ãtude No 12 In C Minor, Op 10 'revolutionary'
  31. Five Easy Pieces (1970) Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue Pt 1
  32. Five Easy Pieces (1970) Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue Pt 2
  33. Straw Dogs (1971) Caro Nome From Rigoletto
  34. Solaris (1971) Prelude Bwv639 'ich Ruf' Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ'
  35. Solaris (1971) Well Tempered Clavier - Book II : Prelude & Fugue No. 12 In F Minor
  36. A Clockwork Orange (1971) Symphony No. 9 - Second Movement
  37. Harold & Maude (1971) Piano Concerto No. 1 (Excerpt)
  38. The Godfather (1972) Passacaglia In C Minor, Bmv 582
  39. Pictures At An Exhibition (Modest Mussorgsky) (1970-1973) Promenade
  40. Pictures At An Exhibition Gnomus
  41. Pictures At An Exhibition The Hut On Fowl's Legs (The Hut Of Baba Yaga)
  42. Yes - Yes Songs (1973) The Firebird
  43. The Man Who Fell To Earth (1975) Planets : Mars
  44. Lisztomania (1975) Harmonie PoÃtiques Et Religieuses: No. 7, FunÃrailles
  45. Annie Hall (1977) Symphony No. 41 In C Major, K551 'jupiter' - Molto Allegro
  46. Pink Floyd : The Wall (1982) The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
  47. Absolute Beginners (1986) The Sleepy Lagoon
  48. Withnail & I (1987) Piano Sonata No. 21 In B Flat Major, D960 - Third Movement
  49. Topsy Turvy (1999) Three Little Maids From School Are We (From The Mikado)
  50. Some Little Joy (2005) Sweet And Twenty
  51. Some Little Joy (2005) Rest Sweet Nymphs
  52. Some Little Joy (2005) Sleep
  53. Lambert & Stamp (2014) Dance For The Followers Of Leo (From Horoscope Ballet Suite)
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