In a few days I'm presenting a concert of music taken from films set in London. I've got my favourite scores for the capital, what are yours?

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  • Comment number 98. Posted by antimode

    on 20 Jun 2012 06:51

    Did anybody mention "A Clockwork Orange"?

    Synth versions of the classics (e.g. Purcell's Funeral March for Queen Mary and 4th movement of Beethoven's 9th) set in dystopian London. Music is an essential part of the story line, not just a soundtrack.

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  • Comment number 97. Posted by samputation

    on 12 Jun 2012 12:33

    I'm gonna throw it out there ... 'Muppet's Christmas Carol? Now that is London at it's best!

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  • Comment number 96. Posted by stevie7771

    on 11 Jun 2012 09:52

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SajHlCSY18Y
    this IS london - 1973

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  • Comment number 95. Posted by The Vodka Yeti

    on 11 Jun 2012 03:28

    #80 London Calling was also used in the Bond film Die Another Day.

    The Long Good Friday and The Ipcress File get my vote.

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  • Comment number 94. Posted by I_am_I

    on 11 Jun 2012 01:39

    How outrageously London-centric of you, Mark.

    I'd add my nomination of 28 DAYS LATER. The playing of 'Abide with Me' quietly in the background as he finds his parents' corpses in bed in a loving embrace, never fails to move me. Even if I am an atheist.

    But frankly I think the city it happens to be set is irrelevant, London or Nottingham. Add to that I hardly ever remember the soundtrack to a film anyway, I find it rather impossible question to answer.

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  • Comment number 93. Posted by rivendellelrond

    on 10 Jun 2012 15:52

    #18 markw
    Thanks for your Michael Caine detective work.

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  • Comment number 92. Posted by Gregory Stephenson

    on 10 Jun 2012 12:02

    When watching 'Heartless', one of the stand-out moments for me in that film was the music.

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  • Comment number 91. Posted by greenland1982

    on 9 Jun 2012 23:55

    The soundtrack to Closer reminds me the most of London

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  • Comment number 90. Posted by Jimontoast

    on 9 Jun 2012 05:46

    Although possibly a biased opinion (as it's a favourite film of mine), Mary Poppins, and in particular, 'Chim Chim Cher-Ee'.
    It's an up-lifting waltz. It's a jazzy, up-beat, toe-tapping (and at the same time) melancholic song. It has so many varying elements; All facets contrasted perfectly to such wonderful effect.
    For me, nothing describes London's wildly diverse nature quite like this song.

    And, if when viewing London from one of it's countless, beautiful vantage points you can'y hear Bert's gloriously Cockneyed tones in the air... ("On the rooftops of London.... coo, ...what a sight!!")..... well, it's about time you took a jolly holiday.

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  • Comment number 89. Posted by matteiofthedead

    on 8 Jun 2012 19:17

    To change the mood and spirit slightly, I will have to say one of the scores/ soundtracks that stand out to me is Eric Clapton's work on Nil By Mouth. No, it might not exactly capture the spirit of London but like the film itself, (Gary, you need to direct more!) it shows a darker side that can be felt from every corner of the UK. The moody, down tempo vibes mixed with the brighter songs we hear in the club scenes are a great juxtaposition. Another choice I would have to say is the music from Rude Boy, the fantastic film about The Clash which captures some of the best Clash performances and the anger of the people of the time. In modern times where the Tories rule the roost, to me it makes perfect sense to say that Rude Boy perfectly captures the spirit of London.

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