The Importance of Sound in “Citizen Kane”, “Dracula” and “Tokyo Monogatari”


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The Importance of Sound in "Citizen Kane", "Dracula" and "Tokyo Monogatari"
The sound of a film, both diagetic and non-diagetic, makes a huge difference as to how a film is interpreted by an audience. Sound can make the audience more or less engaged in the visual and narrative elements of the film. Sound can come from noises, dialogue (which is tied into the actors performance, surely), music and general action. For example, in Jean-Luc Goddard’s Week End, Godard uses a slight discrepancy between the sound in the film and what one sees onscreen. These little mysteries of sound make this element of film all the more fascinating, and contribute to the artistic vision of the film and all who contributed to it. Many directors use sound to...
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.....rtant part of a film’s identity, and the three films are hugely different from one another. Still, all three utilize sound to their greatest capacities but in very divergent ways. The films of Citizen Kane, Dracula and Tokyo Monogatari all expertly use sound in many capacities, but their differences set them apart from each other in a truly wonderful way.
Works Cited
Citizen Kane. Dir. Orson Welles. Perf. Orson Welles,
Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore. Criterion Collection, 2009. DVD.
Dracula. Dir. George Melford. Perf. Carlos Villarias, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton, Pablo Alvarez Rubio. Universal Home Entertainment, 2004. DVD.
Tokyo Monogatari. Dir. Yasujiro Ozu. Perf. Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara. New Yorker Films 1972. DVD.