MMus Screen Music: Silence & Noiseby jeevanrai | created - 13 Mar 2015 | updated - 26 Apr 2016 | Public
Updated to include all films mentioned in the lecture, in order of appearance in handout. The only omission here is the game ‘Limbo’ (by Playdead).
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1. Saboteur (1942)
PG | 109 min | Thriller, War
An aircraft factory worker goes on the run after being wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.
End sequence on Statue of Liberty
2. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive.
Votes: 417,689 | Gross: $176.24M
One-on-one fight setpiece in house
3. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless C.I.A. official and his Agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.
Votes: 588,917 | Gross: $227.47M
One-on-one fight setpiece in Morocco
4. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Votes: 180,074 | Gross: $6.39M
Long take in football stadium
5. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama
A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.
Votes: 53,736 | Gross: $1.19M
Whole film shot in very few long takes
True Detective (2014– )
Who Goes There
TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Martin is faced with marital problems. The search for Reggie Ledoux leads the detectives to a motorcycle gang called the Iron Crusaders, which Rust worked undercover in the past.
Long take in drug raid scene (penultimate scene in episode)
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
Votes: 567,360 | Gross: $56.95M
(1) Act IIIa: first spacewalk, (2) Act IIIa: doubts about HAL / silence in the pod, (3) Act IIIb: second spacewalk / murder in space, (4) Act IIIb: Dave’s reentry, (5) Act IIIb: HAL’s disconnection.
8. Eraserhead (1977)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Votes: 94,965 | Gross: $7.00M
Industrial noise / ‘surreal gales’ used throughout.
9. Kill List (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.
Votes: 34,339 | Gross: $0.03M
Opening pre-roll (wind in forests) – sound design as genre identifier throughout. ‘Librarian’ stakeout and torture scenes.
House of Cards (2013–2018)
TV-MA | 50 min | Drama
Frank prepares for his promotion to Vice President. Doug tries to erase all leads leading back to him and Frank. Claire fights back against Gillian. Zoe considers working with Frank again.
11. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War
A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.
Votes: 571,847 | Gross: $83.47M
Opening shot, synthesised helicopter sound
12. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Votes: 834,654 | Gross: $44.02M
Sound of Danny’s tricycle on floor/carpet. Typewriter shot punctuated by sound of ball thrown at wall.
13. The Birds (1963)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.
Votes: 161,299 | Gross: $11.40M
‘Flock attack’ scenes
14. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 744,571 | Gross: $78.90M
Sound design central role throughout. Takes on role of score in final confrontation. (Ticking etc.)
15. Victoria (II) (2015)
Not Rated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.