Engaging Dialogue

Cinematic Verbalism in American Independent Cinema

by Jennifer O'Meara

Description
Examining the centrality of dialogue to American independent cinema, Jennifer O’Meara argues that it is impossible to separate small budgets from the old adage that ‘talk is cheap’. Focusing on the 1980s until the present, in particular on the films of directors like Jim Jarmusch, Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater, this book demonstrates how what we think of as ‘dialogue’ is really its ability to engage audiences and bind together the narrative, aesthetic and performative elements of selected cinema. Questioning the association of dialogue-centred films with the ‘literary’ and the ‘un-cinematic’, O’Meara highlights how speech can be central to cinema without overshadowing its medium-specific components, and demonstrates how indie dialogue can instead hinge on an idea of cinematic verbalism. ; O’Meara highlights how speech can be central to cinema without overshadowing its medium-specific components, and demonstrates how indie dialogue can instead hinge on an idea of cinematic verbalism. ; Acknowledgements Table of contents Introduction 1. Measuring Engaging Dialogue 2. Verbal-Visual Style and Words Visualised 3. The Integrated Soundtrack and Lyrical Speech 4. Dialogue and Character Construction 5. Embodying Dialogue: Rich Voices, Expressive Mouths and Gesticulation 6. Gendered Verbal Dynamics: Sensitive Men and Explicit Women 7. Adapting Dialogue and Authorial Double Voicing Conclusion: Verbal Extremes and Excess Bibliography Filmography ; AcknowledgementsTable of contentsIntroduction1. Measuring Engaging Dialogue 2. Verbal-Visual Style and Words Visualised3. The Integrated Soundtrack and Lyrical Speech 4. Dialogue and Character Construction5. Embodying Dialogue: Rich Voices, Expressive Mouths and Gesticulation6. Gendered Verbal Dynamics: Sensitive Men and Explicit Women7. Adapting Dialogue and Authorial Double VoicingConclusion: Verbal Extremes and Excess BibliographyFilmography
Author Biography

Jennifer O’Meara lectures in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, having joined the department in 2016 from Maynooth University. She has published on a range of film and media topics, in venues such as Cinema Journal, The New Soundtrack, Feminist Media Studies and The Soundtrack. She is currently writing a book on women’s voices in contemporary screen media.

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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: April 2018
  • English
  • 9781474420648
  • Primary Price: 75 GBP
  • Pages: 240
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Publish State: Published
  • Edition: 1
  • Copyright Year: 2018
  • Copyright Information: Copyright year 2018
  • Dimensions: 234 X 156 mm
  • Series: Traditions in American Cinema
  • Reference Code: 4844