Film Sound

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Juni 1985



The only comprehensive book on film sound, this anthology makes available for the first time and in a single volume major essays by the most respected film historians, aestheticians, and theorists of the past sixty years. In addition, it provides useful models for the analysis of sound stylistics in the form of case studies of a number of the most important sound films ever made. It is a compact primer/handbook which reviews in a coherent, rigorous, yet eminently accessible way the techniques and practices of sound filmmaking from initial recording to final playback in the theater. The book contains essays by Douglas Gomery, Barry Salt, Rick Altman, Mary Ann Doane, S. M. Eisenstein, V. I. Pudovkin, Rene' Clair, Rudolf Arnheim, Bela Balazs, Siegfried Kracauer, Christian Metz, David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, Noe"l Burch, Arthur Knight, Lucy Fischer, Noe"l Carroll, Alan Williams, Fred Camper, and others. Essays deal in detail with such filmmakers as Lubitsch, Clair, Mamoulian, Vertov, Lang, Pabst, Stahl, Welles, Hitchcock, Renoir, Bresson, Godard, Altman, and Coppola.


Part 1. History, Technology, and AestheticsIntroductionThe Coming of Sound: Technological Change in the American Film Industry, by Douglas GomeryEconomic Struggle and Hollywood Imperialism: Europe Converts to Sound, by Douglas GomeryFilm Style and Technology in the Thirties: Sound, by Barry SaltThe Evolution of Sound Technology, by Rick AltmanIdeology and the Practice of Sound Editing and Mixing, by Mary Ann DoaneTechnology and Aesthetics of Film Sound, by John BeltonPart II: Theory
Section 1: Classical Sound TheoryA Statement, by S. M. Eisenstein, V. I. Pudovkin, and G. V. AlexandrovAsynchronism as a Principle of Sound Film, by V. I. PudovkinThe Art of Sound, by René ClairManifesto: Dialogue on Sound, by Basil Wright and B. Vivian BraunSound in Films, by Alberto CavalcantiA New Laocoön: Artistic Composites and the Talking Film, by Rudolph ArnheimTheory of Film: Sound, by Bela BalazsDialogue and Sound, by Siegfried KracauerSlow-Motion Sound, by Jean Epstein
Section 2: Modern Sound TheoryNotes on Sound, by Robert BressonDirect Sound: An Interview with, by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle HuilletAural Objects, by Christian MetzThe Voice in the Cinema: The Articulation of Body and Space, by Mary Ann DoanePart III: PracticeSection I: Practice and MethodologyFundamental Aesthetics of Sound in the Cinema, by David Bordwell and Kristin ThompsonOn the Structural Use of Sound, by Noël Burch
Section 2: PioneersThe Movies Learn to Talk: Ernst Lubitsch, René Clair, and Rouben Mamoulian, by Arthur KnightAmerican Sound Films, 1926-1930,, by Ron Mottram Applause: The Visual and Acoustic Landscape, by Lucy Fischer Enthusiasm: From Kino-Eye to Radio Eye, by Lucy FischerLang and Pabst: Paradigms for Early Sound Practice, by Noël CarrollThe Voice of Silence: Sound Style in John Stahl's Back Street, by Martin Rubin
Section 3: StylistsOrson Welle's Use of Sound, by Penny MintzThe Evolution of Hitchcock's Aural Style and Sound in The Birds, by Elisabeth WeisThe Sound Track of The Rules of the Game, by Michael LitleSound in Bresson's Mouchette, by Lindley HanlonGodard's Use of Sound, by Alan Williams
Section 4: Contemporary InnovatorsAltman, Dolby, and the Second Sound Revolution, by Charles SchregerSound Mixing and Apocalypse Now: An Interview with Walter Murch, by Frank PaineThe Sound Designer, by Marc ManciniSound and Silence in Narrative and Nonnarrative Cinema, by Fred Camper


Edited by Elisabeth Weis & John Belton


An extremely useful and wide-ranging collection of essays devoted to a topic often ignored or taken for granted by visually-dominated studies of the moving picture... -- Gerald Mast, University of Chicago Both comprehensive in its choice of readings and creative in its editorial approach... Film Sound, as well as being an eminent introduction to the writings in the field, forcefully demonstrates the need for the study of the media to be both textually and institutionally grounded, and both theoretically and historically informed. -- Richard Allen Framework Indispensable... [a] superb collection of essays... An important contribution to our literature on film theory and practice and... necessary reading for anyone interested in the art and the practice of filmmaking. Journal of Popular Film and Television Film Sound is a pleasure to read. In addition, the book's general organization and range of selections present an accurate summary of the development of film sound and attitudes toward it from the late twenties to the eighties. For anyone interested in finding ways out of the present theoretical confusion, Film Sound is an excellent place to start. Film Quarterly Convincingly suggests that an exciting new field has been opened up, one that may well come to determine the way we look at the cinema as a whole... [ Film Sound] pays attention to the new technologies as they affect not only the cinema but also how we come to view its history. Sight and Sound
EAN: 9780231056373
ISBN: 0231056370
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: University Press Group Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 1985
Format: kartoniert
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