Godard's Use of Sound Analytical Essay by Nicky

Godard's Use of Sound
Analysis of the use of sound in films by filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard.
# 128071 | 2,453 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 27, 2010 in Film (Artist) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper analyzes the use of sound by filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, the leading directorial figure in the French Nouvelle Vague movement of the late 1950s. Giving examples from several of Godard's film works, the paper explains that Godard used sound to map the emotional makeup of the characters in his films, who existed in a space of distinct emotional detachment from their respective environments, whether the production stage of a musical or the din of a busy cafe. The paper includes analysis of how Godard's influence lives on in today's films. The paper concludes that the way that the characters and the audience experiences sound differs in Godard's films from the works of more traditional directors in the way that it embraces, rather than hides from, the illusion of the sound tracking process, resulting in an experience that is more real and less immediately self-conscious than the traditionally sound tracked film.

From the Paper:

"This helps to drive our discussion to resolution, returning us to the issue of illusion as it related to the choices a director makes in terms or representing reality. Usefully described by Braudy & Cohen (2004) as a coded way of providing meaning, the language of film is revealed in this discussion as deceptively illusive. The process and degree of thought which are dedicated to conveying a message depend heavily on an understanding of how viewers perceive and accept aspects of the world created both within a film and within the context of its viewing. With regard to sound especially, this means that there is a gap between that which we experience in interaction with the real and physical world, and that which we experience emotionally. In bringing about consideration of this point, the Braudy & Cohen text can serve to be remarkably insightful, suggesting a symbolic importance to sound usage such as Godard's that bears an emotional weight of realistic proportions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • British Film Institute (BFI). (2007). Paris Match: Godard and Cahiers. Sight & Sound. Online at http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/feature/77.
  • Braudy, L. & Cohen, M. (2004).Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings. Oxford University Press.
  • Brody, R. (2008). Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard. Metropolitan Books.
  • Godard, J. (1961). Une Femme est une Femme.
  • Godard, J. (1962). Vivre sa Vie. Pantheon Distribution.

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