This essay focuses on the emotional core of the film. How did Williams’ approach differ from modernist film composers in the 70’s
How did cinéma vérite come about and what was its underlying philosophy? In what ways and why, did this deviation from the norm influence mainstream films and their use of music in the narrative?
It was said that John Williams was able to support the emotional core of the film within his music. How did Williams’ approach differ from modernist film composers in the 70’s? List examples of films and important names in your response.
Throughout the 60’s to 80’s there were a considerable number of counter practices against the classical film score. During this same period John Williams’ was involve in a number of different aspects of performing and composing.
How did the experiences of Williams through this period place him in a unique position to embrace the post-modern approach in film scoring?
Please view the film before answering the next question. Kalinak outlines 3 cues from The Empire Strikes Back: The Main Title, Darth Vader’s leitmotif and the ice battle on the Planet Hoth.In what ways do these cues exhibit 1.narrative connections by helping give structure to the film (recall the statement that Williams; music guides the audience to what they want to see), 2. late-romanticism and 3. connections between leitmotif and orchestration.
List 2 specific instances of how leitmotif, cinema vérite vs late romanticism, the classical film score, and your understanding of Williams’ unique compositional approach influenced your viewing and understanding of the film as a film viewer. That is…how did these concepts deepen your appreciation for the film?
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