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1. This cult classic from 1975 portrayed a dystopian world in 2018 where countries had been replaced by corporations, and crimes and wars had been eliminated, leaving the populace to vent their aggressions through a violent recreational sport known as "Rollerball". Which ominous organ piece by Bach was used to open the film?
2. Alex, the antihero of 1971's "A Clockwork Orange", was a milk-drinking, classical music-loving hooligan who enjoyed wreaking "a bit of the old ultra-violence" on an unsuspecting London of the future, until he was subjected to a behavior-altering therapy that "cured" him of his psychopathic tendencies. Unfortunately for Alex, the treatment also had some unintended side effects. What joyous piece of choral music was Alex inadvertently conditioned against as a result of the appropriately named "Ludovico Technique"?
3. In 2005, the Wachowski Brothers presented movie audiences with "an uncompromising vision of the future" in the form of "V for Vendetta". The film culminated in a scene where an underground train packed with explosives was used to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, to the tune of which bombastic composition by Tchaikovsky?
4. The bizarre 1974 film "Zardoz" was set in Ireland in the year 2293, where omnipotent immortals ruled a terrified, backward populace through the use of a giant, flying stone head. (I wish I were making this up!) Perhaps in an attempt to bring a much-needed air of familiarity to this rather strange tale, the musical score for the film repeatedly featured the solemn theme from the second movement of one of Beethoven's most popular symphonies. Which symphony is this, which Richard Wagner once described as "the apotheosis of the dance"?
5. A memorable scene in the 1997 film "The Fifth Element" involved a tall, blue-skinned alien diva performing the aria "Il Dolce Suono" from the opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" by Donizetti. What is the common name of the scene in the opera from which this aria was taken?
6. The seminal 1968 sci-fi film "2001: A Space Odyssey" featured the judicious use of classical music to accompany the images of an imagined future, where commercial space travel was commonplace, and artificial intelligence a reality. For better or worse, many of the musical selections made by director Stanley Kubrick have become irreversibly associated with the movie. Which of these classical pieces were NOT featured in the finished film?
7. Composers John Carpenter and Alan Howarth wrote a simple, yet effective, synthesizer score for the 1981 film "Escape From New York". For the scene where Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) had to land a glider on top of the World Trade Center in New York City, Carpenter utilized a synth-rendering of a classical work known as "La Cathédrale Engloutie" ("The Engulfed Cathedral") - a piece that was originally written as a prelude for solo piano by which French impressionist composer?
8. Apart from its infamous twist ending, the 1973 film "Soylent Green" was also noteworthy for its depiction of State-sanctioned assisted suicide, apparently a common occurrence in an all-too-depressing 2022. In one memorable scene, a supporting character was euthanized while enjoying a panoramic display of beautiful nature scenes set to a medley of classical music, which included a work that Grieg had originally written to accompany a play by Henrik Ibsen. What was the name of this piece of music?
9. Steven Spielberg's 2002 film "Minority Report" depicted a society in 2054 where murderers were caught even before they committed their crimes, thanks to the visions of three powerful psychics or "precogs". Tom Cruise portrayed the Precrime officer tasked with sifting through the disjointed visions supplied by the precogs to look for vital clues, which he did while listening to Schubert's "Symphony No. 8". What is the common name for this Symphony?
10. Most of the musical score for the classic 1979 film "Alien" was a dissonant, atonal orchestral score which perfectly complemented the tense, claustrophobic mood of the movie. However, the concluding moments of the final confrontation between Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and the Alien, as well as the end credits, played out to a pre-existing piece of classical music by Howard Hanson. Which Hanson composition, perhaps his best-known work, was used in the movie?
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