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Film Sound : Theory and Practice - Elisabeth Weis

Film Sound

Theory and Practice

By: Elisabeth Weis (Editor), John Belton (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 1985
ISBN: 9780231056373
Number Of Pages: 462
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

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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

History, Technology, and Aesthetics
The Coming of Sound: Technological Change in the American Film Industry
Economic Struggle and Hollywood Imperialism: Europe Converts to Sound
Film Style and Technology in the Thirties: Sound
The Evolution of Sound Technology
Ideology and the Practice of Sound Editing and Mixing
Technology and Aesthetics of Film Sound
Classical Sound Theory A Statement
Asynchronism as a Principle of Sound Film
The Art of Sound
Manifesto: Dialogue on Sound
A New Laoco├Ěn: Artistic Composites and the Talking Film
Theory of Film: Sound
Dialogue and Sound
Slow-Motion Sound
Modern Sound Theory Notes on Sound
Direct Sound: An Interview with
Aural Objects
The Voice in the Cinema: The Articulation of Body and Space
Practice and Methodology Fundamental Aesthetics of Sound in the Cinema
On the Structural Use of Sound
Pioneers The Movies Learn to Talk: Ernst Lubitsch
American Sound Films, 1926-1930,
Applause: The Visual and Acoustic Landscape
Enthusiasm: From Kino-Eye to Radio Eye
Lang and Pabst: Paradigms for Early Sound Practice
The Voice of Silence: Sound Style in John Stahl's Back Street
Stylists Orson Welle's Use of Sound
The Evolution of Hitchcock's Aural Style and Sound in The Birds
The Sound Track of The Rules of the Game
Sound in Bresson's Mouchette
Godard's Use of Sound
Contemporary Innovators Altman, Dolby, and the Second Sound Revolution
Sound Mixing and Apocalypse Now: An Interview with Walter Murch
The Sound Designer
Sound and Silence in Narrative and Nonnarrative Cinema
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ISBN: 9780231056373
ISBN-10: 0231056370
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 1st July 1985
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.62