Scenes From the Reading

To help you understand the reading for this week, I have compiled a list of all of as many of the scenes mentioned in the text that were freely available on YouTube. As a brief reminder we will be screening Psycho (1960) later in the semester.

Diegetic/Nondiegetic Blend

The text has an extended analysis of the Boston party scene from Glory (1989).

The text also discusses the blending of diegetic music with orchestral score in the dance scene from Shakespeare in Love (1996).

Play with Offscreen Sound Effects

There’s some confusion and play with offscreen sound effects in the conclusion of Billy Wilder’s The Apartment (1960). 

Point of View Sound

Check out the distorted sound in Matthew Bourne’s flashback sequence from The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). 

We can hear breathing from Ben’s perspective as he looks through the mask in The Graduate (1967). 

The Candyman scene from Madagascar (2005) shows sound from Alex the Lion’s hallucinatory perspective. 

Audio Dissolve

Laughter is the audio dissolve between musical number and mundane world in this sequence from For Me and My Gal (1942), featuring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. 

Pippin sings during “the sacrifice of Faramir,” bridging the two spaces of dramatic action in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). The reverberation in his a cappella voice gives the sequence more emotional gravity while Denethor noisily eats his food.

Mickey-Mousing and Stingers

In Psycho (1960), the screeching violins match the physical gestures of stabbing even as the stabs on screen do not match. 

There is an orchestral stinger when Darth Vader first enters in Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977). 

Synchronized Climaxes

Norma Desmond descends the staircase as a climax to Sunset Boulevard (1950).


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