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De sju samurajerna - Kurosawas ljudbild i två scener
2003 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The famous Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa highly emphasizes the use of sound in his films. The object of this paper is to describe and analyse the various sounds in two selected scenes from the film SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) and it is intended as a case study. Kurosawa´s use of film sound has been associated with the concept of audiovisual counterpoint, originally deriving from the Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein. The analysis is based partly on a model for film sound analysis presented by Michel Chion and partly a similar model propounded by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, and the angle of approach of this paper is the audiovisual counterpoint. The usage of sound is very similar in the two selected scenes and they are characterized by apparently subdued sounds, but the analysis shows that these sounds are handled in a most effective manner. This is best represented by the combination of sound, silence and slow motion, which appears in a shot in both scenes. The analysis confirms Kurosawa´s use of audiovisual counterpoint and also points to the usage of multifunctional sounds, as background noises functions as substitute for music, establishing sounds and in various other modes.

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2003. , p. 33
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-49679Local ID: FIV C-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-49679DiVA, id: diva2:1099301
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Film Studies
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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