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Author Meyer, Stephen C., 1963- author.

Title Epic sound : music in postwar Hollywood biblical films / Stephen C. Meyer
Published Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource
Contents A biblical story for the post-World War II generation? : Victor Young's music for DeMille's Samson and Delilah -- Turning away from "concocted spectacle" : Alfred Newman's score for David and Bathsheba -- Spectacle and authenticity in Miklós Rózsa's Quo vadis score -- Novel and film, music and miracle : Alfred Newman's score to The robe -- Spirit and empire : Elmer Bernstein's score to The Ten Commandments -- The law of genre and the music for Ben-Hur -- King of kings and the problem of repetition -- Suoni nuovi, suoni antich i: the soundscapes of Barabbas -- Universality, transcendence, and collapse : music and the greatest story ever told
Summary Lavish musical soundtracks contributed a special grandeur to the new widescreen, stereophonic sound movie experience of postwar biblical epics such as Samson and Delilah, Ben-Hur, and Quo Vadis. In Epic Sound, Stephen C. Meyer shows how music was utilized for various effects, sometimes serving as a vehicle for narrative plot and at times complicating biblical and cinematic interpretation. In this way, the soundscapes of these films reflected the ideological and aesthetic tensions within the genre, and more generally, within postwar American society
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Motion picture music -- History and criticism
Bible films -- United States
Film composers.
MUSIC -- Instruction & Study -- Theory.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- History & Criticism.
Bible films
Film composers
Motion picture music
United States
Los Angeles- Hollywood
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2014017905
ISBN 9780253014597