1st Edition

Howard Hawks Music as Communication in Film

By Gregory Camp Copyright 2020
    126 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    126 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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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.

    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




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