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Is it the the dialog and acting that truly make a scene great in a movie?  Or can the music that accompanies the scene make it great?  

I have debated these questions with my wife for a long time and have found that music can be so well written that it makes a scene great even if the acting is sub-par.  

Yes, I'm one of those who watch a movie for it's soundtrack.  If it doesn't have a good soundtrack, I won't remember it and will most likely not see it ever again.  

 

What is your favorite, music inspired, movie scene?

 

I have plenty, but there a few that stand out for me!  Many of these have inspired me to play violin!  (and yes, I'm a big kid at heart as you'll see in some of my selections!)

 

1.  The Kiss by Randy Edelman & Trevor Jones, The Last of The Mochicans.  Final Chase Scene.

2.  Chevaliers de Sangreal by Hans Zimmer, The Da Vinci Code, Final Scene:  Robert Langdon discover the true rose line that leads him to the "holy grail."

3.  Ben's Theme by Trevor Rabin, National Treasure.  Scene:  The child-version of Ben Gates learns of his past and cut-scenes to the modern Ben Gates.

4.  Hedwig's Theme by John Williams, Harry Potter & The Sorcerers Stone.  Opening Scene.

5.  To The Stars by Randy Edelman, Dragon Heart.  Draco's final moments.

6.  Ice Dance by Danny Elfman, Edward Scissorhands.  Edward is carving the ice statue in the backyard as the shavings create snow and fall slowly to the ground.

7.  The King of Golden Hall (Theme of Rohan) by Howard Shore, The Lord of The Rings:  The Two Towers. Scene:  Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli enter the realm of Rohan on foot.

 

These are just a few of mine!  I need some more good movies to watch, so keep 'em coming!      

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Anything by Hanz Zimmer is good at capturing the mood. The Last Samurai, Avatar (I think!) Pirates of the Carribean, Inception, Black Hawk Down, oh yeah and Madagascar lol. The list seems endless.

I got hooked on a Belge/Italian singer called Lara Fabian after listening to the last track "the spirits within" on an animated movie called The Final Fantasy, outstanding but probably never heard of outside Europe.

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Oooh, those are all excellent.  I would add Septimus from Stardust by Ilan Eshkeri.  It is used for the travel montage showing the different characters on their various quests.

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Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago

Made a great movie even greater.

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Kevin M. said
Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago

Made a great movie even greater.

Oh wow!!  I had completely forgotten about Lara's Theme!!!  I used to dance with my grandmother to that song when I was a kid!  It was grandpa's favorite movie!  hats_off

 

I haven't heard "The Spirits Within" or "Septimus" before!  I'll definitely have to check those out!  

Terry, I agree with you about Hans Zimmer!  He has some really good stuff out there! I love how he had a little Ennio Morricone influence in the third pirates film!  His music may not be as "front & center" as say, John Williams, but it always fits the movie!

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I usually prefer dialogues and acting to the music  but it's true that in some movies the music really adds something. I think my best exemple is in Legend (1985). The music  was perfectly fitting what what happening. Scenes like when the unicorn dies or when Lily dances and Darkness comes out of the mirror were made 100% more intense with the soundtrack.

(was in love with Edward Scissorhands when I was younger lol omg perfect clothing, perfect haircut and a a wonderful personnality)

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Fiddle4Fun said

Oooh, those are all excellent.  I would add Septimus from Stardust by Ilan Eshkeri.  It is used for the travel montage showing the different characters on their various quests.

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EJKiszenia said

Kevin M. said
Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago

Made a great movie even greater.

Oh wow!!  I had completely forgotten about Lara's Theme!!!  I used to dance with my grandmother to that song when I was a kid!  It was grandpa's favorite movie!  hats_off

 

I haven't heard "The Spirits Within" or "Septimus" before!  I'll definitely have to check those out!  

Terry, I agree with you about Hans Zimmer!  He has some really good stuff out there! I love how he had a little Ennio Morricone influence in the third pirates film!  His music may not be as "front & center" as say, John Williams, but it always fits the movie!

Ah yes, "Empire of the Sun" was on British TV a few weeks ago

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The soundtrack from Bram Stoker's Dracula was pretty fan-freaking-tastic!!!!  Also, and I do feel like a complete lame-o for saying this, I thought that the soundtrack from the first Jurassic Park kind of kicked some butt.

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Speaking of vampires, I agree I still listen to Bram's Stocker Dracula soundtrack, Interview with the vampire is also very good, like the song playing when they are travelling on boat and Claudia is drawing, the music really gives the mood of the moment.

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I love the theme song from the dracula movie. Annie Lennox's voice is beautiful [I hope I have the right singer].

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I'd also add the soundtarck from "Gladiator" duncecap

And "Dancer in the dark". Though the last one is a musicle and it's all like a soundtrack lol.

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Mad_Wed said

I'd also add the soundtarck from "Gladiator" duncecap

And "Dancer in the dark". Though the last one is a musicle and it's all like a soundtrack lol.

 

I love the sound track from 'Dancer in the Dark'!!   'I've seen it all' is a beautiful song.  The movie is good but hard for me to watch!  I have trouble watching sad movies in recent years.  I think it started when I had kids.  *shrug*

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I'll also have to see Dancer! LOL  So many good titles to see now!  

 

OH WOW!!!  All this talk about vampires reminded me of a VERY haunting soundtrack!! Back in 1998, Phillip Glass & The Kronos Quartet rescored the original soundtrack to the 1931 Dracula!!  How could have I forgotten it?!?!?  

I'll have to find a copy of the rescored movie!!  I remember wanting it, but never finding it again!  

You can still find clips on youtube though!  The music is so creepy yet wonderful!!  I may have to "fiddle" around with it! devil-violin

 

Check it out!

 

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<3 Bela Lugosi and now I want to be part of an amateur quartet one day violin_girl

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Here's a good example!!  I MUST find this version of Dracula!!!!

 

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Lots of people have little collections, for some it's stamps, others fiddles lol, me it's horror movies! Everything with ghosts, zombies and vampires I probably have it unless it's very cheesy or a joke (Twilight is not in my collection). Thank you to Amazon, it's easier then never these days to find rare movies.

http://www.amazon.com/Dracula-.....B0001CNRLG

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NoirVelours said
 (Twilight is not in my collection).

 

I thought that I was the only one.  To me, there is nothing weirder than a grown woman with kids getting all riled up over Twilight.  My husband and I were over at his friend's house and all of the other wives where going ape shit over the latest movie, talking about who was hotter, the vampire or the werewolf.  I was completely grossed out because we are all in our mid 30's and the characters are teenagers.  Apparently, it was my turn to share and they asked me who was hotter and, in a panic, I scooped up my son and was all, 'Whoops!  Smells like my kiddo made me a little present in his pants and I'm guessing it isn't a toaster.  I'll be right back!'  I actually went into the bathroom and pretended to change an imaginary poopie diaper!!

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Cherie if you want to freak them out, next time just laugh and say you prefer real vampires like ultra sexy Radu in Subspecies :p dare them to check it out on youtube.

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HA HA HA!!!!!  Ghost Poopie!!!!!  roflroflrofl

 

I agree........vampires don't sparkle like cubic zirconium in sunlight!  They burn and die!!!  ......and another bad movie series with a horrible soundtrack!  LOL  I still have a lot of the old hardcovers of the classics like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Werewolf!  My aunt also had me watch all the originals when I was really young!  Now that's a childhood! laugh   

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