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Jan. 13 2013

Classical music in film

By Diana Ross | Posted in Staff Blogs | 2 Comments

While browsing IMDb recently, I came across a list of 91 movies having to do with classical music.  I’ll not lie, I own Immortal Beloved.  I’m a Gary Oldman fan.  Which ones have you seen and what would you recommend I see?




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2 Responses to Classical music in film

  • Reed Hessler
    Reed Hessler says:

    My wife and I love the French movie “Tout les Matins du Monde” which is included on the IMDB list. Loosely based on true events, it is the story of late 17th century French composer Marin Marais (portrayed at different ages by both Gerard Depardieu and his son) and his reclusive viola da gamba teacher, who was such a hermit that to this day no one even knows his first name. He is known simply as Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe. My wife loved it so much that she bought the soundtrack, and for months cranked up the stereo blasting viola da gamba music through our house. The film explores the spiritual nature of art, and was an art house hit 20 years ago. But be forewarned, this is an art film, very slow and very bleak. My wife and I found it poetic and mesmerizing, particularly the scene in which Sainte-Colombe asks his now adult former student, “What is the purpose of music?” (I paraphrase here.) Marais answers, “To glorify God?” No, his teacher says. “To bring beauty into the world?” No, he answers. “To honor our musical forbearers?” Still no. “The purpose of music,” Sainte-Colombe answers, “is to raise the dead.”

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