Overhearing Film Dialogue

Overhearing Film Dialogue

Sarah Kozloff


Since the start of cinema, movie has been lauded as a visible instead of a verbal medium; this sentiment was once epitomized by way of John Ford's statement in 1964 that, "When a movie is at its most sensible, it's lengthy on motion and brief on dialogue." Little severe paintings has been performed as regards to movie discussion, but what characters say and the way they are saying it's been the most important to our adventure and realizing of each movie because the coming of sound. via informative discussions of dozens of vintage and modern films—from Bringing Up Baby to Terms of Endearment, from Stagecoach to Reservoir Dogs--this energetic e-book presents the 1st full-length research of using discussion in American film.

Sarah Kozloff indicates why discussion has been missed within the research of narrative movie and uncovers the fundamental contributions discussion makes to a film's improvement and influence. She makes use of narrative thought and drama idea to research the services that discussion ordinarily serves in a film.

The moment a part of the ebook is a accomplished dialogue of the position and nature of discussion in 4 movie genres: westerns, screwball comedies, gangster movies, and melodramas. concentrating on issues equivalent to category and ethnic dialects, censorship, and the influence of dramatic irony, Kozloff presents an illuminating new point of view on movie genres.

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