Metafilm music in Jean-Luc Godard's cinema

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Oxford University Press,, New York, NY, United States , p.1 online resource (xii, 506 pages) : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01027201, fast, Film, Musique de, Histoire et critique., History and criticism., Motion picture music, Motion picture music.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Gapped Music in Godard's 1960s Films : Dissection of the Musical Unity as a Self-Reflexive Exercise -- Leitmotif Technique Revisited: Indexical Function of Multiply Repeated Musical Fragments in Godard's 1960s Films as Manifestations of Metafilm Music -- The Undoing of the Leitmotif Technique : Quotation, Fragmentation, and Repetition in Godard's 1960s -- Films with Beethoven, Schumann, and Pseudo-Bach as Metafilm Music -- Quoting Popular Songs : Chanson and Canzone as Metafilm Music in Godard's Work -- Referencing Silent Film Music : Metafilm Music, Mise-en-scène, Acting, and Storytelling -- Referencing Music-Specific Genres and Genre-Specific Music : Metafilm Music, "Cinéma-en-kit" Musical, and Pastiched Film Noir Music -- Referencing Film Music as a Genre : Metafilm Music, Prototypes of Film Music as Genre Mash-Up, and Melodramatic Commutation -- Music-Making as Metaphor for Filmmaking I : Metafilm Music in One Plus One and Prénom: Carmen -- Music-Making as Metaphor for Filmmaking II : Metafilm Music in Soigne ta droite (Une place sur la terre) -- Conclusion. "Two or Three Things I Know about Metafilm Music(s)"."This monograph explores the under-researched use of music in Jean-Luc Godard's films and video essays from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. While Godard is largely hailed as a leading innovator of visual montage, unique storytelling style, and ground-breaking cinematography, his achievements as a leading pioneer in sculpting complex soundtracks altering the familiar relationship between sound and image have been mainly overlooked. On these soundtracks, music assumes the unique role of metafilm music. Metafilm music self-consciously refers to its own role as film music and disrupts the primary function of film music as an essential filmic device creating cinematic illusion. The concept of metafilm music describes how Godard thinks with film music about film music. Metafilm music manifests itself in Godard's work in four distinct manners: as fragmentized musical cues; as the same fragment verbatim repeated several times; as extrapolated, short excerpts from classical or popular music; and as music mixed unusually loudly into the soundtrack. With a detailed analysis of these parameters, the book explores fragmented and repeated music as Godard's critique of the leitmotif technique. Godard further self-reflexively investigates genre-specific music in musical comedies, films noir, and melodramas, as well as prototypical film music as arguably its own musical genre. His last foray into metafilm music entails music-making as a metaphor for filmmaking. By thinking with music about the function of film music, Godard has created throughout his career multi-layered soundtracks which challenge the conventional norms of film music and sound"--Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 01, 2022).