Although by definition film is mainly a visual medium, the importance of sound should not be underestimated. Even as early as silent films, the flickering images would always be accompanied by a pianist, organ player or even an orchestra. If a silent film was truly silent, viewers would get bored quickly as it would be very hard to create any sort of atmosphere. Without music or sound accompanying the film, it would be a lot harder to convey moods and create an atmosphere. With technology advancing and finally a separate and synchronised soundtrack being introduced in 1927 by Warner with the ‘Jazz Singer’.
Popular culture was a major theme in the works of this time where many things were changing. A time in which the Post World War II generation grew into the hippie generation, the cold war was at it's height, the Vietnam war was lost, key celebrities began to appear, America became increasingly industrialized. As a result of “Pop Art” screen-printing arrived to the world of fine arts. The sixties were a time of social and political change in America, and the art world was not left untouched. Early in the decade the new movement focused on popular culture and national icons began to develop.
Whether they were starring in an upcoming picture, performing a newly written song, or throwing the party of the year, these famous socialites were living the life. But all of that changed on December 8th, 1941 when the United States declared war a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It was the United State’s official entry into World War II. Soldiers were the major contributors to the war, but they were not the only ones; celebrities also helped win the war. Julia Child is one example of a celebrity who contributed to the war effort.
An arrangement of tunes is is the reconception of an existing tune and is normally used to set the mood and show emotions. Arrangements of tunes like “Maryland, My Maryland” and “Dixie” were used to set a light, happy mood in the film, The Birth of a Nation. Newly composed music is music that is original in that it wasn’t taken from other works. Examples of this in The Birth of a Nation are works arranged and composed by Joseph Carl Breil such as: Bringing the African to America, Flag of the Confederacy, and Startling the Ferment to name just a few. 2) What is the role of source music in Casablanca?
At the time, Vienna was the biggest German speaking city giving Beethoven a large advantage to get his music known.. Rich families in the late 18th century would employ composers to show off their wealth and status. It was because of this that the Habsurg family employed Beethoven to compose a piece for them. In order to compose for the Habsurg family, Beethoven would have to consider the instruments available to him. The violin was modified in the late 1970’s when the neck was lengthened so it was easier to play higher notes, this gave Beethoven the opportunity to explore the higher range. The brass in this time still had no valves, this restricted Beethoven greatly.
Was the Last Days of The Roman Empire too Innovative for its own good or not Innovative Enough? According to Wyke the release of Fall of the Roman Empire coincided with a time when appreciation for films about antiquity was waning. The once great, guaranteed money making scheme of a film about the Ancient world, was failing. The Robe, 1953; Ben Hur, 1959; and Spartacus, 1960; were all films that had been spectaculars, celebrating the long ago past, glorifying it, however the mass production of something that was supposed to be special and unique meant that the success of such films could no longer be sustained. The huge failure of Cleopatra meant that Twentieth Century Fox was bankrupt, and it showed that the audience no longer connected with what was put on the widescreen.
How did the Darmstadt movement, the city of Cologne and Karl-Heinz Stockhausen contribute to the evolution of 20th century music? Assess the role of technology; explain some of the musical techniques and timbres a listener encounters. The 20th century resulted in major transformations, not only socially but in politics, medicine and culture too. Music, in particular, developed considerably throughout the 20th century. Despite different musical ideas being explored in previous eras, it was difficult to advance music further in terms of different timbres or varied musical techniques due to the lack of technology present at the time.
Breathless (1960) by Jean Luc Godard is the most revolutionary movie of the French New Wave movement. Its characteristic accomplished everything the New Wave Movement set out to do. Which was rejecting the conventions of classic Hollywood cinema, which was mass-produced and targeted films at the audience’s demand. It began in France around the late 1950’s when some of the revolutionary directors of the French new wave movement worked as critics for a famous French magazine “Cahiers du Cinema”. At this time there was a decline in the amount of people going to the cinema because of the war, the audience was much younger.
Through sounds and lyrics, Radio Days is considered a great movies showing how people interacted with the invisible voice. The movie really shows of what life was like during the '40s when the TV age did not become a part of every American household. Nowadays TV has become so popular, and people are using them as an escape from reality. I think it is a brilliant piece of technology that is worth mentioning. Besides TV, we have internet and so many other advanced technologies, but radio has always been a way for us to set our mind away from reality and led us into a world of imagination.
In the early days of the film industry, narrative films were only one to two minutes long. Before then, all longer-production films were made simply for evidence of certain events or advertising. Audiences in the 1800’s were attracted to films not because of their narrative content but instead to their apparent visual effects. Because of this low interest in the film industry, funding was made possible by product placement of recognizable brand names. As Leon Gurevitch explains in The Cinemas of Transactions, early cinematic attractions share more in common with the adverts that emerged from the television industry in the 1950’s than they do with commercial films.