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Music is probably one of the most important aspects of a film. It has the ability to express a range of emotions without saying a single word. If you think about some of your favorite moments in film, the music probably plays an important part of why you love it so much. If the music were taken out of some of you favorite movie scenes, you'd probably have a completely different emotional reaction to them.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Take for instance the clip below, taken from the 1982 Steven Spielberg classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The award-winning John Williams score has been taken out, and with that so goes the emotional heart of the scene. The intention of the video itself is meant to be humorous, but it just leaves you feeling cold.

If you turned on your TV and came upon this scene without ever having seen it the film before, you would be wondering why this boy isn't running in fear of the very strange creature that is stealing flowers. Now let's take a look at the scene the way it's meant to be.

John Williams created the musical score for the film to generate sympathy for the alien, and that's just what it does. Even with very little dialogue in the scene, you can tell that the two share a very close bond and emotional backstory. It's no wonder the film's score is only one of four in history to win an Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, and BAFTA.

V For Vendetta

The film V For Vendetta uses music in a couple of ways. The film is set in an alternate dystopian world where most forms of music have been banned. The director James McTeigue uses that to his advantage by infusing scenes with certain songs to push meaning into the character V's vigilante actions.

Take for instance the scene shown in the picture above. After rescuing Evey from an attack, V takes her along to bear witness to one of his attacks on the fascist police state they reside in. He hacks into the public broadcast system and blasts Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture while he proceeds to blow the Old Bailey to bits.

The Overture was written to commemorate Russia's defense of its motherland against Napoleon's invading Grande Armée. V uses it to symbolize that war is coming and that the people will be victorious against their oppressors and asks that on the next year's November 5th the people stand united in the destruction of the Houses of Parliament.

Standing As One
Standing As One

By the time we reach the final scene in the film, Evey has now taken on the role of V and is prepared to carry out the destruction of Parliament. As the people take to the streets sporting V's signature Guy Fawkes masks, we again hear the Overture played while the Houses of Parliament are destroyed. The people then begin to disrobe and as you see every person who stood up against their oppressors - dead or alive -you also feel as though you too were a part of the revolution V started.

What Are Some Of Your Favorite Movie Scenes Where The Music Heightened You Viewing Experience?


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