Beethoven’s 7th in Films

Beethoven’s symphony 7 is amazing, especially its second movement. If you haven’t heard it before, please have a listen.

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony has always been very popular, I’ve heard it at least a dozen times in different movies over the years. By far, “the Fall” (2007) has left the strongest impression on me about the music. Here is the opening scene of the film, it’s a dazzling display of slow motion cinematography.

“Knowing” (2009) is another film that utilized the music very well to accentuate the scenes on screen. As the world as we know was to be obliterated by an unprecedented solar flare, Nicolas Cage’s character drives through the rioting streets of Boston, witnessing the last moments of humanity, lost in fear and despair.

One of the most recent films that pleasantly surprised me was “the King’s Speech” (2010). At the climax, when the King made the most important speech of his life, this great piece of music was used. This piece of music is solemn yet uplifting, apparently it’s a very potent tool for delivering climatic scenes.

Here are more examples of this.

The ending’s bit disturbing. Please turn down your volume.

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13 thoughts on “Beethoven’s 7th in Films

  1. The piece was also used in the beginning of John Boorman’s wacked-out science fiction/fantasy film, Zardoz (1974).

  2. Very good entry, just what I was looking.

    Beethoven’s 7th was also featured in “The Long Night” (1947) with Vincent Price, which is a great movie with great use of this fine music.

  3. The Allegretto was also used in “Of Gods and Men” as the Trappist monks were sharing their “last supper” together before the arrival of the radical Muslims kidnappers.

  4. It is very quiet but still there in ‘Charlie Brown’ Easter right before Snoopy hands out Easter eggs.

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