Prominently featured in the 2006 film V for Vendetta. The piece is used as the character V's signature performance, and is played on the street loudspeakers when V destroys the Old Bailey and is subsequently banned by Chancellor Sutler (it is also heard during the climatic destruction of the Palace of Westminster). The cannon blasts are replaced by the destruction of the building and accompanying fireworks.
The 1812 Overture is an orchestral work by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky commemorating the unsuccessful French invasion into Russia, and the subsequent devastating withdrawal of Napoleon's Grande Armée, an event that marked 1812 as the major turning point of the Napoleonic Wars.
A theme representing marching armies follows, performed by the horns. The Russian folk dance theme commemorates the battle beating back Napoleon. The retreat from Moscow late in October 1812 is reflected by a diminuendo. The firing of cannonreflects the military advances toward the French borders. With theconflict over, we return to the chant, this time performed by the fullorchestra with a peal of bells for the victory and the liberation ofRussia from French occupation. Below the cannon and the marching theme,we hear the Russian national anthem, God Save the Tsar. The Russian anthem is a counterpart to the French anthem that was heard earlier.