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Author Larsen, Peter, 1943-

Title Film music / Peter Larsen.

Published London : Reaktion, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  781.54209 LARS  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description 254 pages : illustrations, music ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [219]-244) and index.
Contents 1. Silent Films, Talking Music -- 2. Analysing Film Music -- 3. Back to the Future: Metropolis, 1927 -- 4. Musical Meanings -- 5. Enter the Sound Film -- 6. Film Music from the Golden Age: The Big Sleep, 1946 -- 7. Other Ways: North by Northwest, 1959 -- 8. Striking a New Note: Film Music after the Golden Age -- 9. Necessity or Possibility? The Psychology of Film Music -- 10. Musical Functions.
Summary "Film and music belong together: classics like Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) and Mike Nichols's The Graduate (1967) are renowned tor their brilliant and evocative soundtracks. But what exactly is 'film music'? Does music act as an accompaniment to the film, or is film an illustration of the music - or are the two inseparable?" "In Film Music Peter Larsen traces the history of music in film and discusses central questions concerning film music's narrative, aesthetic and psychological functions. Probing the complex relationship between film and music, he looks in depth at film classics such as Howard Hawks's The Big Sleep (1946) and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) as well as later international blockbusters and cult films such as Star Wars (1977) and Blade Runner (1982). In doing so, he offers a much-needed overview of how music functions in film and provides a fascinating, accessible introduction to the analysis of film music, as well as showing how this analysis opens up new and sometimes unexpected facets of a film. The book will be essential for students of film, music and cultural disciplines, as well as anyone with an interest in film and popular music."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Motion picture music -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9781861893413 (hbk.)
1861893418 (hbk.)