Sometimes seems old Ludwig is everywhere in our culture. I suppose that's one theme of our book, which has a separate section on Beethoven and Film. Tonight I went with my wife across the river to the Jacob Burns Film Center in Westchester (we are members) to see the acclaimed Iranian film, A Separation. And yes it's terrific.
But what showed up on the screen just before that? The trailer for the upcoming U.S. release of Cannes prize winner, The Boy With a Bike, by the famed directing duo, the Dardenne brothers. And what's on the soundtrack for most of the trailer? The same piece that closed The King's Speech: the slow movement of Piano Concerto No. 5 (some might say, the most beautiful music ever written). Here's the trailer: