Absence (of Sound) Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Since we’re talking about sound this week, I was reminded of the 2012 Best Picture winner The Artist. For those who haven’t seen it, The Artist is an homage to old silent films of the 1920s. Throughout the film, it’s completely silent diegetic sound-wise with just an orchestral backing track, except for some very key scenes. It feels claustrophobic throughout the film and this is evident in many of the scenes as the characters experience distress over the concept of sound. One of the best movies about sound and the effects of sound in cinema.

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