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Sunday, January 2, 2011

The King's Speech

King George VI
The four of us went to see the movie "The King's Speech" last night. It is a wonderful movie and I highly recommend it -- we all loved it.

Quasi-spoiler alert! I'm not going to divulge any plot points here. All plot elements that I will refer to have already appeared in reviews and previews. However, if you don't want to know anything about this movie, then stop reading and go see it!!

Like most movie-goers, I'm very often not aware of the background music. I pay attention to the opening music during the titles and the music during the credits, but during the movie, I'm engrossed in the story and the characters. However, in the King's Speech, when we got to the climax, when he begins the speech to his nation on the eve of World War II, the use of music created a dynamic symbiosis that heightened the emotion of the scene. King George VI, who has worked with Lionel Logue to conquer his stammer, needs to give a radio address to the nation. As he stands before the microphone trying to begin, seconds of silence fill the airwaves. As he finally begins to speak, the second movement of Beethoven's 7th Symphony also begins. The music and the speech twine together, both equally important. The music gradually becomes louder but complements the moment perfectly, inexorably moving forward while we feel each word with Bertie. It is a powerful scene.

The music over the credits is the beautiful Beethoven 5th Piano Concerto, the "Emperor". The London Symphony performs the Beethoven, but I was not able to catch the pianist during the credits, partly because my family was arguing about whether the Winston Churchill in the film looked like the real Churchill. Why is it so difficult to find musical performer credits on the Internet?
Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech

1 comment:

minneville said...

This is beautiful. That's the amazing job of a music supervisor who coordinate all kinds of music/sound with the visuals on the screen!