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Film, a sound art

Author: Michel Chion
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2009.
Series: Film and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [English ed.]View all editions and formats
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The author argues that watching movies is more than just a visual exercise--it enacts a process of audio-viewing. The audiovisual makes use of tropes, devices, techniques, and effects that convert multiple sensations into image and sound, therefore rendering, instead of reproducing, the world through cinema. This book considers developments in technology, aesthetic trends, and individual artistic style that recast  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Chion
ISBN: 9780231137768 0231137761 9780231137775 023113777X
OCLC Number: 286516299
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Translated from the French.
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2017
Winner of Richard Wall Memorial Award, Theatre Library Association 2017
Description: xii, 536 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm.
Contents: History. When film was deaf (1895-1927) --
Chaplin: three steps into speech --
Birth of the talkies or of sound film? (1927-1935) --
Jean Vigo: the material and the ideal --
The ascendancy of king text (1935-1950) --
Babel --
The time it takes for time to "harden" (1950-1975) --
The return of the sensorial (1975-1990) --
The silence of the loudspeakers (1990-2003) --
On a sequence from The birds: sound film as palimpsestic art --
Aesthetics and poetics. Jacques Tati: the cow and the moo --
The disappointed fairies around the cradle --
The separation --
The real and the rendered --
The three borders --
Audiovisual phrasing --
Alfred Hitchcock: seeing and hearing --
The twelve ears --
Orson Welles: the voice and the house --
The talking machine --
Faces and speech --
Andrei Tarkovsky: language and the world --
The five powers --
God is a disc jockey --
Max Ophuls: music, noise, and speech --
Like tears in rain.
Series Title: Film and culture.
Other Titles: Art sonore, le cinema.
Responsibility: Michel Chion ; translated by Claudia Gorbman.

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The author argues that watching movies is more than just a visual exercise--it enacts a process of audio-viewing. The audiovisual makes use of tropes, devices, techniques, and effects that convert multiple sensations into image and sound, therefore rendering, instead of reproducing, the world through cinema. This book considers developments in technology, aesthetic trends, and individual artistic style that recast the history of film as the evolution of a truly audiovisual language. It also explores the intersection of auditory and visual realms. The author describes the effects of audio-visual combinations claiming, for example, that the silent era (which he terms "deaf cinema") did not end with the advent of sound technology but continues to function underneath and within later films. He also discusses cinematic experiences ranging from Dolby multitrack in action films and the eerie tricycle of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining to the way actors from different nations use their voices and words.

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Michael Chion's books on film sound... have been revelotory syntheses of an expansive knowledge in elegant, accessible prose. -- Dell Tamblyn Film Comment Exceedingly teachable and surely welcomed by Read more...

 
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