Howard Hawks: Music as Communication in Film

1st Edition

Gregory Camp

Routledge
April 9, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 128 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367211608 - CAT# K419461
Series: Filmmakers and Their Soundtracks

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Summary

Known for creating classic films including His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, Bringing Up Baby, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Howard Hawks is one of the best-known Hollywood ‘auteurs’, but the important role that music plays in his films has been generally neglected by film critics and scholars. In this concise study, Gregory Camp demonstrates how Hawks' use of music and musical treatment of dialogue articulate the group communication that is central to his films. In five chapters, Camp explores how the notion of 'music' in Hawks' films can be expanded beyond the film score, and the techniques by which Hawks and his collaborators (including actors, screenwriters, composers, and editors) achieve this heightened musicality.

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