Film Sound: Theory and Practice

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This classic anthology provides essential models for analyzing sound stylistics through the detailed study of critical sound films. Elisabeth Weis and John Belton carefully curate major essays from the world's most respected film historians, aestheticians, and theorists, including Douglas Gomery, Barry Salt, Rick Altman, Mary Ann Doane, S. M. Eisenstein, V. I. Pudovkin, René Clair, Béla Belázs, Siegfried Kracauer, Christian Metz, David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, Noël Burch, and Arthur Knight. Their selections recount the innovations and triumphs of Ernst Lubitsch, Fritz Lang, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Rouben Mamoulian, Dziga Vertov, Robert Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, and Francis Ford Coppola, among many others, and explicate the techniques and practices of sound filmmaking from initial recordings to final theater playback. Film Sound is the ideal companion for anyone seeking both a comprehensive introduction to the form and a rich survey of its historical and global evolution.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 15, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231056370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231056373
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

Customer Reviews

This book is full of great articles on film sound that give different perspectives on …

 on May 31, 2017
By Mindia Chlaidze
This book is full of great articles on film sound that give different perspectives on this matter. Really one of the great sources of information. Maybe it wouldn’t be quite suitable for an amateur cinephile who’s interests maybe rather general but for someone who’s really interested in depth in this matter this book gives great opportunity to get to know one of the most useful articles in the field.


8 helpful votes
 on January 5, 2011
By T. Nicholas
I got this book because after 4 years of film school, I still felt as if I had been shortchanged when it came to learning sound design. I had been taught how to record and edit sound, been taught how to do ADR, been taught all the different types of microphones; but I still didn’t know WHY to use one type of microphone over another, WHY using an omnidirectional, or a shotgun, or a lavalier mic would change the feel of a scene (and how this would in turn change depending on whether that sound was being matched with a closeup or a long shot). In short, I was never taught the aesthetic significance behind any of the options I was presented with. My formal education on the topic had been entirely technical. As the editors make clear in the preface to this anthology, it was their attempt to compile a book “addressed to aestheticians rather than technicians.” At this they’ve done an incredible job.

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