Examples of usage of Wagner's music in 10 films
Jon Burlingame for The Los Angeles Times lists ten different films from 1940s to present that utilize Wagner whose scores have been used by directors to convey and emphasize a variety of moments and sentiments. Burlingame states:
Perhaps the most famous modern-day use of “Ride of the Valkyries,” which opens Act 3 of “Die Walkure,” is during the helicopter attack on a Vietnamese village in Francis Ford Coppola’s film. (Another, more disturbing use, is in 1915′s “The Birth of a Nation,” painting the Ku Klux Klan in heroic terms as they ride against liberated slaves.)
A historical footnote here: The first film ever shown inside the White House with then president Woodrow Wilson in attendance was THE BIRTH OF A NATION, a racist film that help fan the public fire which supported the abhorrence that was the Jim Crow era.