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    In the film Defence of the Realm, Gabriel Byrne, is sitting in his flat and some music is playing on his stereo, it is a string piece and I wonder if anyone can tell me what the piece is called please?

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    I think the music was Pachelbel's Canon.

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    Hello Folks



    This is my first posting and I wanted to ask a question about The Defence of the Realm - What is the the classical music used in the film?

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    Greetings Hansander!



    Richard Harvey is the credited composer (the more elderly among us might remember having seen him playing with "medieval prog" outfit Gryphon in an earlier life....) - can't remember whether there was some more "legit" classical stuff being used as well. I do remember seeing it at the cinema on release, tho' - despite some formulaic 80s BritThriller devices, it stuck me as speaking very pertinently to the sense of paranoia that a lot of us on the Left (remember the Left?) felt in post-Falklands Thatcherite Britain. And it had the great Denholm Elliott in it....

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    I seem to recall it was that old chestnut, Pachelbel's Canon. The movie was pitched as a British Parallax View and has one unforgettable line - "Vodka and Coke. Detente in a glass."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hansander
    Hello Folks



    This is my first posting and I wanted to ask a question about The Defence of the Realm - What is the the classical music used in the film?


    As I recall, the only classical music used is in the scenes where Gabriel Byrne plays some on his record player in his flat (which is also key to the final scene). It's Canon in D by Pachelbel (known simply as Pachelbel's canon)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianTurner View Post
    I seem to recall it was that old chestnut, Pachelbel's Canon. The movie was pitched as a British Parallax View and has one unforgettable line - "Vodka and Coke. Detente in a glass."
    Yes, I just re-watched this for first time in years, and missed that last time. Splendid tipsy musing from Denholm, given the east v west context of the time.
    Sadly, I just have the newspaper giveaway version, which is 4:3 - anyone have Network's disc? I assume it's a pretty sweet transfer.
    Shame Ian Bannen didn't feature more in this. Totally riveting actor in my view.

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    I have the Network DVD released in 2008.

    It plays using the whole screen at 1.78:1.
    The DVD cover states "16:9 Full Frame', from a time before Network started labelling the actual Aspect Ratio.
    The colour and transfer are fine; the disc includes a 12-min featurette (in 4:3) introduced by Robert Powell about the locations used.

    Good movie; stands the test of time well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipW View Post
    I have the Network DVD released in 2008.

    It plays using the whole screen at 1.78:1.
    The DVD cover states "16:9 Full Frame', from a time before Network started labelling the actual Aspect Ratio.
    The colour and transfer are fine; the disc includes a 12-min featurette (in 4:3) introduced by Robert Powell about the locations used.

    Good movie; stands the test of time well.
    That sounds like an odd choice, given that Powell doesn't appear in the film.

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    Powell has done a lot of voice over and narration work (he does have the voice for it), so perhaps thats why.

    Good film, and the basics (nuclear accident on US base covered up) isn't so far from the truth. There have been some very scary situations over the years - the Lakenheath fire in 1956 being possibly the inspiration for part of the film. Schlosser's 'Command and Control' http://www.amazon.co.uk/Command-Cont...sap_bc?ie=UTF8 is just plain scary (and 'One Point Safe doesn't really make you sleep soundly at night either). The Goldsboro B-52 crash in 1961 was pretty much 'by the grace of God'.

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