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How Wagner and his musical legacy reverberate at the cineplex

June 16, 2010 |  4:30 pm

Anyone paying attention to the arts scene knows that Wagner's "Ring" cycle is now being staged by Los Angeles Opera. But even if you haven't made it over to the Music Center, there's no doubt that you've been exposed to the composer's music and influence.

In words and with video clips here, Jon Burlingame looks at 10 great ways film has used bits and pieces of Wagner's compositions. Most memorable is the helicopter scene, above, from "Apocalypse Now."

Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film contains, Burlingame writes, perhaps the most famous modern-day use of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," which opens Act 3 of the "Ring's" "Die Walk├╝re."

And in this story, Burlingame tells why Wagner is considered by many to be the man who invented movie music.

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With all of the mention of the connection to cartoons, how can Bugs Bunny be left out. "What's Opera Doc" was my eariest intro to Wagner, and in turn helped bring opera to my kids at a very early age. One of the very best cartoons of the 50s and a favorite of Chuck Jones too.

Hey Linda, click where it says "In words and with video clips here," and you can not only see a mention of "What's Opera, Doc?" but you'll see the fun video. Enjoy!

Here also is the same url:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/music/la-et-wagner-movies-list-20100617,0,3957491.story


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