Movie Music, the Film Reader / Edition 1

Movie Music, the Film Reader / Edition 1

by Kay Dickinson
     
 

Bringing together material from the areas of documentary, fandom and animation, Movie Music, the Film Reader comprises an important first collection of writings about film music. It is divided into four sections, each with an introduction by the editor. Essays in The Meanings of the Score look at instrumental scores, their production and reception,

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Bringing together material from the areas of documentary, fandom and animation, Movie Music, the Film Reader comprises an important first collection of writings about film music. It is divided into four sections, each with an introduction by the editor. Essays in The Meanings of the Score look at instrumental scores, their production and reception, and questions the onscreen power of the nineteenth century classical genre. The Place of the Song turns to popular music, asking how the pop score supports the film narrative. Formal Politics of Music on Film considers the subversive power of film music, and in Crossing Over Into the Narrative articles address the use of musicians within film narratives, from rockumentaries to pop-stars-as-movie-stars, such as Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415281607
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
In Focus: Routledge Film Readers Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
General Introduction1
Pt. 1The Meanings of the Film Score13
1The Language of Music: A Brief Analysis of Vertigo15
2Prejudices and Bad Habits25
3Why Music? The Sound Film and Its Spectator37
4Reforming "Jackass Music": The Problematic Aesthetics of Early American Film Music Accompaniment49
Pt. 2The Place of the Song61
5Banking on Film Music: Structural Interactions of the Film and Record Industries63
6Cinema, Postmodernity and Authenticity83
7The Silences of the Palace and the Anxiety of Musical Creation99
8Must You Remember This? Orchestrating the "Standard" Pop Song in Sleepless in Seattle109
Pt. 3The Formal Politics of Music on Film119
9Whose Jazz, Whose Cinema?121
10The Animation of Sound133
11Pop, Speed, Teenagers and the "MTV Aesthetic"143
Pt. 4Crossing over into the Narrative153
12Gender Power, and a Cucumber Satirizing Masculinity in This is Spinal Tap155
13Manufacturing Authenticity Imagining the Music Industry in Anglo-American Cinema, 1956-62165
14A Madonna "Wanna-Be" Story on Film181
Further Reading191
Index195

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