Apr 21st 7PM ET / 4PM PT Considering Art : Considering Openings (Part 2/2)
In this second of a series in which we consider the opening moments of a film, we will view and discuss the introductory scenes of two films by Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now (1979) and The Conversation (1974).
The openings of these two works are unique in their use of sound to guide the viewer into the world of the film and indeed, the characters in it. We will consider the uses of both diegetic and non-diegetic music and environmental sounds in both of these films. What sonic cues indicate a particular mood? How do we locate ourselves in a cinematic world when the image and the sound seem at odds with each other? In what ways does music change our reading of a scene or an environment within a film?