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Howard Hawks
Music as Communication in Film

ISBN 9780367489755
Published December 13, 2021 by Routledge
126 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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



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