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I am not really watching The Devil Wears Prada... for educational purposes.

I do not have a stack of films here to watch, also for educational purposes.

I'm trying to find examples of how music is used in different ways in films... continuity, motivic, background, scene setting, yada yada

If you've got any favourite films that you think have good use of music (and that would be appropriate to show in a Y9 music class), let me know! I'd love some more ideas! No really, I would, especially if you can tell me exactly which bits of the film/s are the most important for music.

In other notes, I'm off to a concert tonight... well, I'm in one item so yeah, that should be fun. Bringing back some culture with a bit of Mozart. Ave Verum Corpus and the Canon in Eb. Gotta love it.

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msgreenie
Nov. 25th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
I love music on Dragon Hunters, lol, but I think it doesn't have much to do with your studies .. but I must say that Zimmer's Da Vinci Code music is quite significant. I personally love the scene with Hanks opening the cryptex and suddenly understanding everything, even the music itself (as on soundtrack) evokes images of revealing some secret, it's fascinating!
(yeah, I like the film very much eventhough it was a little disappointment to me. I simply expected more. Blah, whatever... Many people say it's a crap film, you know.)
ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Oh I LOVE the music on Da Vinci, particularly the very end where he suddenly realises and goes back to the Rose Line and kneels before her. That gets me every time. Chevaliers de Sangreal is that particular piece. The film itself isn't bad though I'm disappointed that they missed out some things in the book etc.

I've not seen Dragon Hunters. Might have to seek it out.
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ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Ooh thanks. I'll save the link and have a look tomorrow because my internet is just being insanely slow now and is not playing much from youtube :( I'm a sucker for emotive music though, so I'm sure it will be great. I don't really know much about the film Crash though. Maybe I'll have to see it.

The great thing about this is that I can choose to show the kids what I want, and I set the bar lines for it all... the actual class teacher is now using my work for another group, now that we're far enough ahead with it, but you do get to a point where you run out of ideas with film clips etc so it's really nice to have new things suggested :)
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ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Oh that has some great stuff. I love the bit near the beginning with the train. Just think there's some lovely music there.

Will have a look at the battle scene tomorrow though. Sister Act 2 is great with its use of integrated music. I'd forgotten about them though, thanks!
rfh_f1
Nov. 25th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Empire Strikes Back. When the Milennium Falcon takes off from Bespin after Han's been frozen, the Stormtrooper's guns fire exactly in time as the music...
ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Mmm Hans... Gotta love young Harrison Ford XD
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ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 25th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Ok. Not seen About A Boy but I had heard that the soundtrack was very good. That's also just reminded me that I can mention soundtracks as standalone products, thanks!

I confess I haven't even heard of Everything Is Illuminated, but I think I will have to seek it out. I love films that use a lot of folk music, or styles or instruments from the particular country the film is set in. I think it really adds to the film. Yes, I did a dissertation on that... well, on The Last Samurai and it's Japanese instrumentation!
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ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Sounds like I'm going to have to get my hands on the book as well!

You may be interested to know that The Last Samurai is actually fairly historically accurate as well :)
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