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“Not only long fingers, but green fingers, too”
 Greenfingers (2000)
Owen (Colin Briggs), David Kelly (Fergus Wilks), Helen Mirren (Georgina
Woodhouse), Warren Clarke (Governor Hodge), Danny Dryer (Tony)
Story: In an
open-type British prison two inmates, Colin and Fergus, find they have a knack
for growing flowers. Their talents are recognized by leading garden authority
Georgina Woodhouse, who encourages them to enter the very posh Hampton Court
Palace Flower show.
Music on this CD:
‘La Rejouissance’ from Royal Fireworks Music by George Frideric Handel.
Also featured in the film is the ‘Radetzky March’ by Johann Strauss Sr.,
a well-known item in the annual New Year’s Concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra, televised all over the world
Same music – other movies: ‘La Réjouissance’ is also featured in Johnny English
(2003), The Madness of King George
(1994), A Smile Like Yours (1997) and The Wog Boy (2000).
“Sooner or later they will find you”
 The Others (2001)
Kidman (Grace Stewart), Fionnula Flanagan (Ms. Bertha Mills), Alakina Mann
(Anne Stewart), James Bentley (Nicholas Stewart), Christopher Eccleston
(Charles Stewart), Eric Sykes (Mr. Edmund Tuttle), Elaine Cassidy (Lydia)
Story: In this
psychological thriller, with a mood akin to that of Henry James’ (and Benjamin Britten’s) ‘The Turn of the
Screw’, Grace Stewart moves into a remote mansion to await her husband’s return
from the Second World War. Her children, Anne and Nicholas, are ill and must be
kept away from sunlight. Grace takes on some servants to help her, but she soon
discovers there is something odd about the house.
No.9 in A flat, ‘Farewell’ by Fryderyk Chopin.
“A girl whose name and language are taken away, who loses
everything and everybody she loves, breaks her silence and finds a singing
 The Man Who Cried (2000)
Depp (Cesar), Christina Ricci (Suzie), Cate Blanchett (Lola), John Turturro
(Dante Dominio), Harry Dean Stanton (Felix Perlman)
Story: A young
Russian girl plans to emigrate to America where her father is already, but she
ends up in England where she is adopted and brought up by an English family.
Over the years her talent for singing and dancing are recognized and she makes
friends with a fellow Russian called Lola, falls in love with Cesar, a gypsy,
and manages to stay well clear of an opera singer called Dante Domino who has
all the traditional bad traits of an Italian operatic tenor and more.
Music on this CD:
‘Dido’s Lament’ from Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell.
This is a film rich in music, containing apart from the Purcell, ‘Di
quella pira’ from Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore, ‘Je crois entendre encore’
from The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet and ‘E lucevan le stelle’ from Tosca by
“563 miles. 9 people. $2 million. 1001 problems!”
 Rat Race (2001)
Atkinson (Enrico Pollini), John Cleese (Donald P. Sinclair), Cuba Gooding Jr.
(Owen Templeton), Whoopi Goldberg (Vera Baker), Seth Green (Duane Cody), Vince
Vieluf (Blaine Cody), Lanei Chapman (Merrill Jennings), Wayne Knight (Zack
P. Sinclair is the owner of the positively swankiest casino in Las Vegas and he
just has to come up with something new to please his blasé customers. He hits
on the idea of letting six teams off on the trail of $2 million in a locker
hundreds of miles away and having his patrons bet on who will be there first to
claim the money.
Music on this CD:
‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg.
The soundtrack also features the ‘Drinking Song’ from Giuseppe Verdi’s
Same music – other movies: The Grieg was used to great advantage by director Fritz Lang
in M (1931) as the tune the child molester (brilliantly played by Peter Lorre)
whistled before he struck.
“Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come
out. The trick is finding it”
 Billy Elliot (2000)
Bell (Billy Elliot), Gary Lewis (Dad), Julie Walters (Mrs. Wilkinson), Jean
Heywood (Grandma), Jamie Draven (Tony Elliot), Stuart Wells (Michael Caffrey)
movie, like Brassed Off, plays against the background of the 1984 miners’
strike. Young Billy Elliot, whose father and brother are on strike, hates
training to become a boxer, as his father wants him to, but, to his own great
surprise, he discovers he wants to take up ballet dancing. His father will not
hear of it but, supported by a local teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson, he finally gets
Music: Heard at
the end of the film is the ‘Swan Theme’ from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan
Same music – other movies: Also used in Anna Karenina (1997), Being John Malkovich
(1999), The Exorcist III (1990), Lost and Found (1999), This Is My Life (1992)
and A View to Kill (1982).
“When you fall in love it is a temporary madness”
 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Cage (Captain Antonio Corelli), Penelope Cruz (Pelagia), John Hurt (Dr.
Iannis), Christian Bale (Mandras), Irene Papas (Drosoula), David Morrissey
WWII, in 1941 when the Italians, then allies of Germany, invade a small Greek
island, an Italian officer, Captain Corelli, tries to live with the inhabitants
rather than master them. Music is important to him and he arranges various musical
festivities. He also falls in love with the daughter of a local doctor, whose
fiancé is a member of the resistance. But the idyllic life on the island is
disrupted. Italy surrenders to the Allies and changes sides in the war. German
troops invade the island and wreak terrible revenge on Greeks and Italians
Music on this CD:
The Duke’s famous aria ‘La donna è mobile’ from Giuseppe Verdi´s
Also heard are the ‘Anvil Chorus’ from the same composer’s Il trovatore
and ‘O mio babbino caro’ from Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, the latter
sung by Nicolas Cage!
Same music – other movies: ‘La donna è mobile’ has been very popular with film-makers,
appearing also in Analyze this (1999), Backstreet Dreams (1999), The Family Man
(2000), Haunted Castle (2001), Kiss Toledo Goodbye (1999), New York Stories
(1989), Sunday (1997), Two Family House (2000), What Rats Won’t Do (1998) and
Yes, Giorgio (1982).
“Obsession. Lies. Desire. Lust”
 Original Sin (2001)
Banderas (Luis Antonio Vargas), Angelina Jolie (Julia Russell), Thomas Jane
(Walter Downs), Jack Thompson (Alan Jordan), Gregory Itzin (Colonel Worth),
Allison Mackie (Augusta Jordan), Joan Pringle (Sara), Cordelia Richards (Emily Russell)
prosperous Cuban coffee exporter, Luis Vargas, places an ad for a US wife and
gets a reply from Julia Russell who sends him her photo. But when she arrives
she is much lovelier than in the photo, which she explains by saying she did
not want him to take her for her looks only. They get married but when she has
access to all Vargas’ bank accounts, things start to happen to indicate that
all is not what it should be ...
fremden Ländern und Menschen’ (Of Foreign Lands and People) featured here is
the first piece in a collection of piano pieces by Robert Schumann, called
Kinderszenen (Scenes with Children), which also includes the famous
“A star is ... created”
 S1m0ne (2002)
Cast: Al Pacino
(Viktor Taransky), Winona Ryder (Nicola Anders), Benjamin Salisbury
(P. A.), Catherine Keener (Elaine Christian), Elias Koteas
(Hank Aleno), Rachel Roberts (Simone)
Taransky is a used-to-be-great director who is now down on his luck. He has put
everything into his latest project ‘Sunrise, Sunset’, only to have his leading
actress walk out on him. All seems lost until computer genius Hank Aleno comes
along. He comes up with a way of dispensing with temperamental actresses and
having one which will follow your every whim. Too good to be true?
Music on this CD:
‘Pie Jesu’ from Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. The recording on this CD is the one used in the movie.
Also heard are ‘In paradisum’ from the same work and Adagio for Strings
by Samuel Barber.
“When a woman has the beauty men admire and women envy ...
it is wise to tread carefully”
 House Of Mirth (2000)
Anderson (Lily Bart), Dan Aykroyd (Charles Augustus Trenor), Eleanor Bron (Mrs.
Peniston), Terry Kinney (George Dorset), Anthony LaPaglia (Sim Rosedale), Laura
Linney (Bertha Dorset), Elizabeth McGovern (Carry Fisher), Eric Stoltz
Story: Based on
a the novel by Edith Wharton from 1905, this movie plays against the background
of New York at the turn of the twentieth century and tells the story of a
socialite’s gradual but relentless decline. Lily Bart would seem to have
everything going for her, but she keeps accumulating gambling debts and treats
all suitors with complete disinterest. She is disinherited, subjected to
slander, and joins the working class. Gradually she succumbs to drug addiction.
Music on this CD:
The Minuet from the ‘Lark Quartet’ (String Quartet Op. 64, No. 5) by
Also heard are the Oboe Concerto by Alessandro Marcello, String Quartet
No. 2 by Alexander Borodin, and several items from Così fan tutte by Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart, including the Overture and the lovely Terzetto, ‘Soave sia il
“From gentle to mental”
 Me, Myself And Irene (2000)
Bonny and Peter Farrelly
Carrey (Officer Charlies Baileygates / Hank Evans), Renée Zellweger (Irene P.
Waters), Anthony Anderson (Jamaal Baileygates), Mongo Brownlee (Lee Harvey
Baileygates), Jerod Mixon (Shonte Jr. Baileygates), Chris Cooper (Lt. Gerke,
Massena PD), Michael Bowman (Whitey/Casper), Richard Jenkins (Agent Boshane,
is a severe case of split personality. His usual self is mild-mannered and
friendly but when harassed his other self takes over and he becomes aggressive
and unpredictable. When on a routine assignment returning an alleged fugitive,
Irene P. Waters, to New York, both of his personalities fall in love with her,
when they are on the run from crooked police officers.
well-known ‘Wedding March’ from Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A
Midsummer Nights’s Dream by William Shakespeare.
Same music – other movies: This music has also appeared in many other movies, including
Analyze This (1999), The Father of the Bride (1991), Four
Weddings and a Funeral (1991), A Month in the Country (1987), My Big Fat Greek
Wedding (2002), Runaway Bride (1999) and The Wedding Planner (2001).
“A new breed of Secret Agent”
 xXx (2002)
Diesel (Xander Cage), Asia Argento (Yelena), Marton Csokas (Yorgi), Samuel L.
Jackson (Agent Augustus Gibbons), Michael Roof (Toby Lee Shavers), Richy Müller
(Milan Sova), Werner Dähn (Kirill), Petr Jakl (Kolya)
‘XXX’ Cage is a notorious adventurer with a great deal on his conscience whom
the authorities have not been able to nail. But now they have come up with
proof and he is offered work with NSA Agent Gibbons in exchage for a term in
prison. He is to infiltrate a top Russian crime ring planning the destruction
of the world. Several ordinary agents have tried that before, but without
Music on this CD:
‘Finch’ han dal vino’ (Champagne Aria) from Don Giovanni by Wolfgang
Also on the soundtrack are ‘Batti, batti, o bel Masetto’ from the same
opera, the ‘Raindrop Prelude’ by Fryderyk Chopin and the ‘Harry Lime Theme’ by
Anton Karas, the latter best known for its appearance in The Third Man movie.
“He’s a man after your heart”
 Hannibal (2001)
Hopkins (Dr. Hannibal Lecter), Julianne Moore (Agent Clarice Starling),
Giancarlo Giannini (Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi), Gary Oldman
(Mason Verger), Ray Liotta (Paul Krendler), Frankie Faison (Barney Matthews),
Francesca Neri (Allegra Pazzi)
stayed out of trouble for several years, Hannibal Lecter is living peacefully
in Florence, Italy, where he is employed as a curator at the Palazzo Vecchio.
He is discovered and has to leave Italy for America, where one of his former
patients, the evil Mason Verger, is lusting for revenge. But Agent Clarice
Starling (the one person Hannibal cares for) will do anything to prevent Verger
from having his evil way.
Music on this CD:
‘An der schönen blauen Donau’ (The Blue Danube) by Johann Strauss Jr.
Aria from the Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Same music – other movies: ‘An der schönen blauen Donau’ has been used in many other
movies, including The Age of Innocence (1993), Anywhere But Here (1999), Austin
Powers (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), Harold and Maude (1971), The Last
Emperor (1987), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Roxanne (1987),
Strictly Ballroom (1982), Titanic (1997), True Lies (1994) and perhaps most
famously in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
“Are You In Or Out?”
 Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Clooney (Danny Ocean), Matt Damon (Linus Caldwell / Sheldon Willis),
Andy Garcia (Terry Benedict, Casino Owner), Brad Pitt (Rusty
Ryan), Julia Roberts (Tess Ocean), Elliot Gould (Reuben Tishkoff)
Ocean, a gangster fresh out of prison, rounds up a gang of cronies to rob three
Las Vegas casinos – Bellagio, The Mirage and the MGM Grand – simultaneously
during a major boxing gala. With an assortment of characters, ranging from a
pickpocket to a Chinese acrobat they make up the Ocean’s Eleven needed for this
de lune’ (Moonlight) from Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy
Same music – other movies: Castaway (1987), The Game (1997), Giant (1956), The Right
Stuff (1983) and Seven Years in Tibet (1997).
“It’s Monday morning. Bridget has woken up with a headache,
a hangover and her boss”
 Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Zellweger (Bridget Jones), Hugh Grant (Daniel Cleaver), Colin Firth (Mark
Darcy), Gemma Jones (Pam Jones, Bridget’s Mum), Jim Broadbent (Colin Jones,
Bridget’s Dad), Celia Imrie (Mrs. Una Alconbury), James Faulkner (Uncle
Shirley Henderson (Jude, Bridget’s Pal)
Story: It is
the New Year and 32-year-old Bridget Jones decides it is time to take control
of her life. Part of her new regime is to start keeping a diary in which she is
going to be brutally truthful to herself. High on the agenda is getting a man,
a real man, not like the foppish creatures her well-meaning mother keeps
pushing her way. There is her boss, of course, despite his less than
untarnished reputation, and then there is Mark Darcy, a rather stiff and
reserved barrister who is something of his opposite ... or is he?
‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from The Messiah by George Frideric Handel.
Same music – other movies: Contact (1997), Face/Off (1997), Man on the Moon (1999),
Only You (1994) and Runaway Bride (1999).
“What would you do if you were accused of a murder you had
not committed ... yet?”
 Minority Report (2002)
Cruise (Detective John Anderton), Max von Sydow (Director Lamar Burgess),
Colin Farrell (Detective Danny Witver), Samantha Morton
(Agatha), Neal McDonough (Officer Gordon Fletcher), Daniel London (Wally)
Story: The year
is 2054 and a pre-crime division is working in and around Washington D.C. whose
object is to prevent crimes before they are committed. John Anderton is one of
the three members working on this squad, and one day his own name turns up with
an indication that he will kill a man he doesn’t know in less than 36 hours ...
Music on this CD:
First movement from Symphony No. 8, the ‘Unfinished’, by Franz Schubert.
‘Jesu bleibet meine Freude’
by Johann Sebastian Bach, Symphony No. 6, ‘Pathétique’ (3rd movement) by
Pyotr Tchaikovsky and String Quartet Op. 64, No. 1 (3rd movement) by Joseph
Same music – other movies: The Schubert also appears in Counterpoint (1968), Double
Indemnity (1944) and Fight Club (1999).
Notes by Lars Johansson
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