In the course of a decades-spanning career as a filmmaker, Terrence Malick has carved out a distinctive cinematic aesthetic. Central to this style is the use of sound. James Wierzbicki offers the first comprehensive study of Malick's soundtracks, arguing that they create a distinctive sonic style throughout his oeuvre and exploring how that style functions. Considering voice, noise, and music as elements in the soundtrack, this concise book enriches our understanding of one of our most philosophical filmmakers, and of the interplay between the sonic and visual elements in film.
1. Prologue / 2. Overview / 3. Voice / 4. Noise / 5. Music / 6. Epilogue
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.