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Hymns for the fallen : combat movie music and sound after Vietnam

Author: Todd R Decker
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book describes in detail how music and sound function as a constituent part of the prestige combat film's larger work of memorialization in the cultural realm of commercial cinema. As Rikke Schubart and Anne Gjelsvik note, historians must deal with 'the complexity of history, war, heroism, patriotism, memory, and the process of their representation.' Hymns for the Fallen traces an expressive sonic continuity
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Decker, Todd R.
Hymns for the fallen.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016038416
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Todd R Decker
ISBN: 9780520282322 0520282329 9780520282339 0520282337
OCLC Number: 956984871
Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. The prestige combat film. Movies and memorials ; Soundtracks and scores --
Part II. Dialogue. Soldiers' talk ; Soldiers' song ; Disembodied voices --
Part III. Sound effects. Nothing sounds like an M-16 ; Helicopter music --
Part IV. Music. Unmetered ; Metered ; Elegies ; End titles.
Responsibility: Todd Decker.

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Shows how the domain of sound, a rich and culturally resonant aspect of the cinema, not only invokes the realities of war, but also shapes the American audience's engagement with soldiers and  Read more...

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