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Off the Planet - Music Sound and Science Fiction Cinema - cover

Off the Planet - Music Sound and Science Fiction Cinema

Rebecca Leydon, Shuhei Hosokawa, Nabeel Zuberi, Neil Lerner, Rebecca Coyle, Paul Théberge, Michael Hannan, Melissa Carey, Karen Collins, Mark Evans

Publisher: John Libbey Publishing

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Summary

Essays on the use of music and sound in films from Godzilla to Star Wars and beyond.   In recent years, music and sound have been increasingly recognized as an important, if often neglected, aspect of film production and film studies. Off the Planet comprises a lively, stimulating, and diverse collection of essays on aspects of music, sound, and science fiction cinema.   Following a detailed historical introduction to the development of sound and music in the genre, individual chapters analyze key films, film series, composers, and directors in the postwar era. The first part of the anthology profiles seminal 1950s productions such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, the first Godzilla film, and Forbidden Planet. Later chapters analyze the work of composer John Williams, the career of director David Cronenberg, the Mad Max series, James Cameron’s Terminators, and other notable SF films such as Space Is the Place, Blade Runner, Mars Attacks!, and The Matrix. Off the Planet is an important contribution to the emerging body of work in music and film, with contributors including leading film experts from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Available since: 05/18/2004.
Print length: 221 pages.

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