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Taking off from a variation of that question—whether music accompanies a film or a film illustrates the music—Peter Larsen probes the complex relationship between the two. He charts the history of music in film, exploring along the way the role that music plays in the narrative and psychological functions of film. Examining such classics and blockbusters as The Big Sleep, American Graffiti, North by Northwest, and Blade Runner,Larsen uses these case studies to demonstrate how scores and soundtracks can expose unexpected new facets of a film.
A wholly accessible examination, Film Music will be an essential read for music scholars and film buffs alike.
256 pages | 25 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2005
"This study of film music contains enough arresting detail to at least be of passing interest to your average soundtrack collector. . . . It will certainly be a must for Bernard Herrmann fans, given its thorough examination of his score for Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. On this count alone the book is worth its while."
Howard Maxford | Film Review