Beautiful Music for Post-Apocalypse Dystopias

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Jennifer Lawrence stars in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

An increasingly common setting for films is the post-apocalypse dystopia, in which some sort of catastrophic event has transformed the world we know into a harsher, more challenging place. In these worlds heroes are tested against dramatic odds, and humanity's inclination to civilization or barbarism is in the balance.

In such movies as "The Hunger Games," "The Planet of the Apes," and "The Road," the musical score serves not only to emphasize the action, but also to tug at our emotions, yielding surprisingly lovely music.

David Garland presents music from these films, and others such as "Testament," "The Bed Sitting Room," "Wall-E," "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome," "The Matrix," and more.