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  • The King's Speech

    Beethoven and the silver screen

    The King's Speech

    The melancholy and serious Allegretto from Beethoven's Seventh Symphony perfectly underscores the struggle of English King George IV. With the help of therapist Lionel Logue, the king is able to get in control of his stuttering - a point of commonality between the Royal and Beethoven. Due to the composer's deafness, he also had difficulty communicating normally.

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Beethoven and the silver screen

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    A lush orchestral backdrop courses through the opulent southern drama featuring stars Liz Taylor and Paul Newman. The movie score includes the fourth movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, and the music by the German composer sets the tone for the film's plot.

  • Fantasia

    Beethoven and the silver screen


    In this Walt Disney animated film, listeners are treated to Beethoven's Sixth Symphony. Figures from classical Greek mythology celebrate their resurrection to the sounds of the music: fauns, centaurs and Olympic gods offer a celebration in honor of Bacchus, the god of wine.

  • Star Trek: Insurrection

    Beethoven and the silver screen

    Star Trek: Insurrection

    Beethoven sets the scene for an occupation aboard the USS Enterprise in the famous sci-fi saga "Star Trek." This instalment from 1998 is the ninth in a series of "Star Trek" films and features the first movement from Beethoven's well-known Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor - the "Pathetique."

  • A Clockwork Orange

    Beethoven and the silver screen

    A Clockwork Orange

    Few directors have melded music and visuals quite as effectively as Stanley Kubrick did. Alex, the movie's protagonist, loves violence, sex and Beethoven's Ninth. The maestro's work is not employed here to express the desire for peace and brotherhood. Instead, it underscores the film's violent excesses.

  • The Horse Whisperer

    Beethoven and the silver screen

    The Horse Whisperer

    The now world-famous actress Scarlett Johansson shined as a young star in this idyllic Hollywood flick from 1998. After a serious horseback riding accident, Johansson's character is deeply traumatized. Director and co-star Robert Redford calms the horse while the gentle sounds of Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 1 soothe the girl.

  • Age of Innocence

    Beethoven and the silver screen

    Age of Innocence

    In a drama that examines the social conventions and narrow moral ideals of New York aristocracy at the end of the 19th century, director Martin Scorsese helps himself to canonical classical works. Attentive listeners will catch another instance of Beethoven's "Pathetique" in the score.

  • Hilary und Jackie

    Beethoven and the silver screen

    Hilary und Jackie

    Two sisters study music, but only one of them goes on to earn international acclaim: cellist Jacqueline du Pre. Works by a number of classical composers can be heard in the film. Among them is Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, commonly known as the "Archduke Trio" as it was dedicated to the composer's pupil, Archduke Rudolph of Austria.

    Author: Maria Santacecilia / gsw Editor: Rick Fulker

    Author: Maria Santacecilia / gsw | Editor : Rick Fulker