"Godzilla," currently rampaging through cinemas around the world, is the latest movie to resurrect Japan's most fearsome monster creation. The recent Hollywood blockbuster, directed by Gareth Edwards, is also the latest in a distinguished line of movies to revive the music of the late, great composer György Ligeti.
Considered one of the most important and radical composers of the last 100 years, Ligeti stretched the boundaries of tonality, form and music theory. His diverse body of work made him difficult to classify, but his abstract and often eerie compositions found a large fan base, which included Hollywood directors.
In "Godzilla," the Kyrie section from Ligeti's unearthly "Requiem" serves as the sonic backdrop for what is arguably the movie's most visually arresting scene -- the high-altitude military jump over a ravaged San Francisco. A naval team, including Lt. Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), descends on the city to retrieve a nuclear weapon stolen by a radiation-hungry monster known only as a MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism).
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