What's The Song In Netflix's All The Light We Cannot See Teaser Trailer?

"All the Light We Cannot See" began as a novel about two people on opposite sides of the conflict of World War II finding hope and salvation within each other during one of the darkest periods of history. The book went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, and a television limited series soon followed. Directed by Shawn Levy ("The Adam Project"), the film promises to be an emotional exploration into both the darkest and brightest aspects of humanity.

The movie's trailer sets forth its tone by not having a character speak a single word of dialogue. Instead, the plot is expressed purely through visuals as well as an accompanying score that will sound familiar to anyone versed in classical music. The piece is "Clair de Lune" by Debussy, one of the most instantly recognizable compositions from the early 20th century. It's an appropriate song to use for a teaser as it fits the time period and also encapsulates emotions of hope and despair. 

Clair de Lune works for a number of projects

One of the most enchanting aspects of Debussy's "Clair de Lune" is that its tune can work for a range of emotions. It's not purely sad or entirely joyous. It fits the mood for whatever is going on, which has undoubtedly allowed the song to remain relevant through time. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the trailer for "All the Light We Cannot See" is not the first time audiences have heard the tune in pop culture. 

One of the most intriguing uses of Debussy's masterpiece can be found in the trailer for "Godzilla: King of the Monsters." Among all of the imagery of these mythical beasts is a song that enhances the wonder of laying eyes on King Ghidorah for the first time. "Clair de Lune" also takes on special meaning within the "Twilight" franchise. It appears several times throughout the series, and there's a hidden meaning you may not have caught on to the first time around. "Clair de Lune" is French for "moonlight," and with werewolves in the mix, it makes for an intellectual easter egg.

"The Purge" has the song for ironic detachment, while "Ocean's Eleven" brings it in toward the end to give a sense of tranquility. Incorporating "Clair de Lune" for "All the Light We Cannot See" is a big swing, but it's one that's already resonating with viewers who can't wait to see the limited series when it comes out on Netflix on November 2.