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The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)

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Theme name: La Marseillaise
Composer: Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle; arranged by Max Steiner
Start time: 0:28:48
End time: 0:28:55
Total duration: 0:00:07
Page #: 16
Measure #: 6
Scene: Reel 4 War Transition
Key: C
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 126
Instrumentation: brass, orchestra

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Description: As part of a newspaper montage about World War I, a French patriotic tune is heard; it doesn't quite line up with the headline announcing "France on Defensive"; shortly after this, the year "1914" flashes on the screen
On-screen: Montage of newspaper headlines
Analysis: "La Marseillaise" begins optimistically in C major but ends on a dissonant Vb9#5 chord

9th chord | altered dominant | dark | headline | montage | newspaper | patriotic | patriotic tune