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Howard Hawks

Music as Communication in Film, 1st Edition

By Gregory Camp


128 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367211608
pub: 2020-04-09
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Known for creating classic films including His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, Bringing Up Baby, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Howard Hawks is one of the best-known Hollywood ‘auteurs’, but the important role that music plays in his films has been generally neglected by film critics and scholars. In this concise study, Gregory Camp demonstrates how Hawks' use of music and musical treatment of dialogue articulate the group communication that is central to his films. In five chapters, Camp explores how the notion of 'music' in Hawks' films can be expanded beyond the film score, and the techniques by which Hawks and his collaborators (including actors, screenwriters, composers, and editors) achieve this heightened musicality.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Series Foreword



Chapter One: Arranging an Ensemble

Chapter Two: Speaking a Duet

Chapter Three: Singing a Chorus

Chapter Four: Humming a Tune

Chapter Five: Barking a Quartet


Appendix: Hawks Musico-Filmography



About the Author

Gregory Camp is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland School of Music, New Zealand.

About the Series

Filmmakers and Their Soundtracks

The Filmmakers and Their Soundtracks series consists of concise monographs that each address the nature of the soundtrack in the works of a significant filmmaker. The books in this series seek to expand scholarship on film music and sound – and to challenge those categories – by examining the use of sound across an individual filmmaker’s oeuvre. These short monographs of 25-50,000 words are published in the Routledge Focus format.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / History & Criticism
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism