Mozart at the Movies

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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Mozart at the Movies (Montage by David Garland)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been in the movies many times, and not only in "Amadeus." His music has played a role in over 900 films, bringing Mozartean drama, serenity and majesty to every imaginable type of movie. David Garland presents Mozart at the Movies, from several different angles.

We have examples of Mozart's music that have enhanced scenes in films such as "Alien," "The Shawshank Redemption," and "Watchmen"; instances of Mozart pieces adapted, altered, and quoted in soundtracks for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," "Drowning by Numbers," and "GiĆ¹ La Testa"; highlights from Bernard Herrmann's Mozart-influenced score for "The 3 Worlds Of Gulliver"; and film music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who, as a child prodigy in Vienna in the early 1900s, was known as the Mozart of the 20th Century.

From "The Shawshank Redemption," featuring The Marriage of Figaro

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," featuring excerpts of Don Giovanni

Comments [9]

KM from CLE

In HOPSCOTCH: Matthau sings from The Barber of Seville by Rossini when he drives through a border: "Ah bravo Figaro! Bravo bravissimo / Ah bravo Figaro! Bravo bravissimo." Both operas about same character Figaro, this always confused me. The border guard actually says: By Mozart, and WM replies, No, that's the other Figaro. WM also hums from Rossini/Barber of Seville in FORTUNE COOKIE.

Feb. 27 2016 09:49 PM
Sigmund Shen

Great show! What was the name / artist of the piece that was sung in French, and also the piece that sounded like a spaghetti western piece with loopy refrains and a marching band rhythm? Really enjoyed them but didn't catch the information...

Nov. 11 2013 09:47 AM
Lucy from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Re Walter Matthau -- I think it was in "Grumpy Old Men" or "Grumpier Old Men." I'm not sure because Matthau hummed or sang in a lot of his movies. But I know it drove Jack Lemmon's character crazy!

Nov. 09 2013 09:47 PM
Laura Zadunaisky from Islandia, NY

About the movie where Walter Matthau is humming the tune the listener asked about, I believe it could be "The Fortune Cookie" where he is an ambulance chasing lawyer trying to get his brother in law (Jack Lemmon) to cheat the insurance company, and he hums this melody throughout the film. I didn't catch which opera it is from.

Nov. 09 2013 09:46 PM
Eric Rosenkranz from Singapore


By the way, there is a new invention called the "internet" which you can use with something called "Google". Type in "Marriage of Figaro" and "Walter Matthau" and the answer comes up in less than one second. You should try it sometime

Nov. 09 2013 09:45 PM

@ pbk123 from New Jersey -- I think the movie you're asking about is Hopscotch, with Glenda Jackson.

Nov. 09 2013 09:45 PM
Susan Levy from Brooklyn, NY

The Walter Matthau movie is called "Hopscotch".

Nov. 09 2013 09:43 PM
pbk123 from New Jesrey

What is the name of the movie with Walter Matthau which features him whistling the overture from "The Marriage of Figaro" throughout the film?

Nov. 09 2013 09:13 PM
Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

The music of Mozart has been a major presence in cinematic history.The 1983 Eddie Murphy comedy "Trading Places" featured music from "The Marriage of Figaro",including Dan Aykroyd's interpretation of "Se Vuol Ballare".The new television sitcom "Mom",which has "Ruslan and Lyudmila" overture snippets as its theme music,has,in addition to "Carmen" excerpts,incuded brief quotations from "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik",and the overture to "The Abduction from the Seraglio".

Nov. 08 2013 03:09 PM

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