Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Debussy on Film

Claude Debussy's music has been used in many films and television programs, from "The Birds" to "The Right Stuff," to the late Jack Horkheimer's astronomy program, "Star Gazer."  Here are two of my favorite uses of Debussy's most famous melody, "Clair de Lune."

The 1940 Disney film "Fantasia" originally included a sequence in the Florida Everglades set to "Clair de Lune." The first time I saw this animation, I honestly gasped out loud at its beauty.

Another sublime use of "Clair de Lune" is in the movie "Ocean's Eleven" (2001), as Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his crew stand in front of the Bellagio, basking in their audacious heist.

So, what are *your* favorite scenes of Debussy on film? --Nathan Cone

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