Exploiting Sound, Exploring Silence

by Peter D. Marshall

This article is from New York Times.

“FOR all the raves and awards that have so far greeted Joel and Ethan Coen’s “No Country for Old Men,” there is one term of praise that does not apply: It is not a popcorn movie. Which is to say, it is especially ill-suited to the crunching of snacks or the crinkling of wrappers or any of the usual forms of movie-theater noise pollution. There is virtually no music on the soundtrack of this tense, methodical thriller. Long passages are entirely wordless. In some of the most gripping sequences what you hear mostly is a suffocating silence.” Read rest of article.

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