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The Voice in Cinema

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ISBN-13: 978-0231108232
ISBN-10: 0231108230
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[A] creative look at sound in the cinema.

(R. Blackwood Choice)


For two decades, Michel Chion has been asking basic questions about cinema sound and coming up with startling, seminal answers. It all started with The Voice in Cinema and a simple question: why are so many films built around voices separated from the image of their sources? Elementary questions, creative responses, and clear prose make this one of the few books on film sound capable of simultaneously satisfying scholars and students alike. How wonderful to have The Voice in Cinema available, finally, in such a readable English translation.

(Rick Altman, author of A Theory of Narrative and Silent Film Sound)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (February 10, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231108230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231108232
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry M. Robinson on November 26, 2010
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Chion's work is a Classic!

That's enough to recommend right there.

But there is more! It's really important to learn to think in new ways about elements of sound and the voice of the film. Chion is the place to do this!!!

I found that I could read this again... and again. Each time I advance my understanding and then can pick up new gems of information. That's really what made it worth buying - and why I bought a new copy of this classic work. Reading selections over has helped with other aspects of film and Cinema - like MoCap work.

Yes... buy this... read it... and keep handy in a familiar spot. You will be after it again....

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By Robert B. Jaffe on January 27, 2015
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Great book came as ordered!
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