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Cavalcanti, A. (1939). Sound in films. Retrieved January 16, 2006, from ... /575/sound-in-films.htm 
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BibTeX citation key: Cavalcanti1939
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Categories: Film Music/Sound
Keywords: Film sound
Creators: Cavalcanti
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Among other points, emphasizes the (regretted) dominance of dialogue in talkies over other sound.
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   In American movies with stars such as Spencer Tracy, James Cagney and Gary Cooper, "[F]ilm dialogue, it was discovered, was most effective and dramatic when it was uttered clearly, rapidly, and evenly, almost thrown away. Emphasis and emotional effect must of necessity be left to the care of the visuals."   Added by: sirfragalot
   The author is quite scathing about the use of Romantic (and neo-Classical) music in films of the time. "It is an idiom suited to an atmosphere of pomp and display. In style, the music of the cinema, by and large, represents a fixation at a stage of development which the art itself left behind about thirty years ago. Tschaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, are the spiritual fathers of most cinema music."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Music
   "Suggestion is always more effective in drama than statement." If sound is synchronized with image "then suggestion becomes statement." ... "Pictures are clear and specific, noises are vague."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Asynchronicity Synchresis/Synchrony
   "...silence can be the loudest of noises..."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Silence
   Cavalcanti uses 'natural sound' as a synonym for 'noise'.   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Noise
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