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June 2001, Week 1


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Donald Larsson <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 6 Jun 2001 11:43:02 -0500
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Amey Kelly comments:

> so contemporary music is not allowed in films that
> take place in past time period???  then why is it ok
> for mozart, beetoven, etc... to be used in films that
> that take place in the present day?  what about
> beetoven's fifth used in kubricks 2001 opening?

Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra," actually, but point taken.

Actually, 2001 provides a very concrete example of music "slipping its
cultural moorings."  Some reviewers (eg., Pauline Kael) complained that
Kubrick's use of *Johann* Strauss's "Blue Danube Waltz" in 2001 was a
joke that went on too long.  But Kubrick had chosen the piece precisely
for its lilting grace and suitability for his dance of space ships
because, he claimed, the music no longer made one think of the latter
days of the Austrian Empire.

Don Larsson

Donald F. Larsson
English Department, AH 230
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN  56001

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