Benjamin Britten’s Music Inspires Cannes Film Festival Entry

Moonrise Kingdom, which debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and recently opened in the United States, owes a great deal to Benjamin Britten.  Seems Director and co-writer Wes Anderson used his experiences performing in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, Britten’s longest and most elaborate work for children.

According to Anderson,

 ”The Britten music had a huge effect on the whole movie, I think. The movie’s sort of set to it. The play of Noye’s Fludde that is performed in it – my older brother and I were actually in a production of that when I was ten or eleven, and that music is something I’ve always remembered, and made a very strong impression on me. It is the colour of the movie in a way.”

Britten’s music is sprinkled throughout the film, with his Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra playing a key role in the final scene.

Read about Moonrise Kingdom here

More about Britten’s Noye’s Fludde here

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the YouTube Symphony in Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra below

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