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Sound

Laura Rascaroli

in How the Essay Film Thinks

Published in print July 2017 | ISBN: 9780190238247
Published online June 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190238278 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190238247.003.0006
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In embracing an understanding of essay film’s soundscape that does not stop at voiceover, but extends to all the elements of a complex environment made up of speech, music, sounds, noise, and silence, this chapter moves beyond traditional logocentric and vococentric approaches to the essay film to explore the disjunctive interstice of Deleuze’s sound image. The complexly imbricated auditory space of Language Gulf in the Shouting Valley (2013) by Lawrence Abu Hamdan is considered in light of an essayistic use of voice and sound as political agents. Hypothesizing a genre of musical essay films, the chapter also examines sound in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s La rabbia (Rage, 1963), seen in comparison with Santiago Álvarez’s Now! (1964) and Erik Gandini’s Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers (2003). The Barthesian Neutral and ideas of dissonance form the basis of a discussion of musical queering as a form of protestation.

Keywords: voiceover; sound; Language Gulf in the Shouting Valley; Lawrence Abu Hamdan; Pier Paolo Pasolini; La rabbia; Roland Barthes; Neutral; queer cinema

Chapter.  10266 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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