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p. 11. What does film music do?locked

  • Kathryn Kalinak

Abstract

Music in film achieves a number of things: it establishes setting; it creates atmosphere; it calls attention to elements; it reinforces or foreshadows narrative developments; it gives meaning to a character's actions or translates their thoughts; and it creates emotion. ‘What does film music do?’ shows, using the example of ‘Stuck in the Middle With You’ from Pulp Fiction, how music adds an extra dimension to a film, uniting a series of images and encouraging audience absorption into the story. Music in Hollywood operates differently from that in other world cinemas such as Hindi, Brazilian, or Bengali. National and cultural traditions create distinct practices of film music.

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