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Film Dialogue


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Film Dialogue is a rich and exciting collection of essays that bravely counters the widely-held view that cinema is a visual medium. Covering the work of famous directors as well as science fiction, documentary, animation and films adapted from literature, this book demonstrates the many ways that dialogue functions, and shows why movies must be listened to as well as watched. This volume challenges our conventional understanding of cinema and takes it to a wholly new level. -- Stephen Prince, Virginia Tech, author of Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality Film Dialogue represents a great step towards a more detailed and wide-ranging examination of dialogue in film. Although it is not intended as a survey of dialogue in every cinematic genre across all decades and continents, it does gather together a rich assortment of studies that demonstrates how varied, significant and instructive dialogue analysis can be. In so doing, it goes a long way towards filling some major critical gaps in film scholarship, while leaving plenty of scope for others to pursue similar projects of their own. This is a major intervention in film studies, one that makes us rethink our relationship to film, one with the potential to inspire further research into the words, speech and voices of cinema. -- Martin Shingler, University of Sunderland, author of Star Studies: A Critical Guide

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Notes on Contributors Preface, by Sarah Kozloff Introduction: A Brief Primer for Film Dialogue Study, by Jeff Jaeckle Dialogue and Genre 1. The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo: Dialogue in Science Fiction Films, by Vivian Sobchack 2. Documenting Dialogue: Reshaping 'Reality' in Emile de Antonio's Point of Order, by Deborah A. Carmichael 3. Pronoun Troubles and Factual Conversations: Dialogue in Animated Films, by Paul Wells 4. Talking Teams: Dialogue and the Team Film Formula, by Jeremy Strong 5. You Talk Like a Character in a Book: Dialogue and Film Adaptation, by Thomas Leitch Dialogue Auteurs 6. Killing the Writer: Movie Dialogue Conventions and John Cassavetes, by Todd Berliner 7. The Film Dialogue of Howard Hawks, by Brian Wilson 8. Orson Welles' Trademark: Overlapping Film Dialogue, by Francois Thomas 9. On Misspeaking in the Films of Preston Sturges, by Jeff Jaeckle Dialogue and Cultural Representation 10. 'They Will Speak in Our Language': Indian Speech in Western Movies, by Edward Buscombe 11. From 'Me So Horny' to 'I'm So Ronery': Asian Images and Yellow Voices in American Cinema, by Hye Seung Chung 12. The Politics Speak: Performing Race From Sweetback to Foxy Brown, by Stephane Dunn 13. Male Sounds and Speech Affectations: Voicing Masculinity, by Donna Peberdy Index

About the Author

Jeff Jaeckle holds a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and teaches at Portland Community College. His scholarship on film dialogue, aesthetics, and American cinema has appeared and is forthcoming in Film Quarterly, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, The Soundtrack, and the Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism.

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