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The Intersection between Film and Opera in the 1960s: Ingmar Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf as an Example of Formal Imitation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1731-0366
2018 (English)In: The Power of the In-Between: Intermediality as a Tool for Aesthetic Analysis and Critical Reflection / [ed] Sonya Petersson, Christer Johansson, Magdalena Holdar, Sara Callahan, Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018, p. 49-74Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The topic of this article is the intersection between media genres in 1960s Sweden. In a case study of Ingmar Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf (1968) it is shown how the music contributes to intermedial qualities through the film’s connection with opera. It is argued that the film, by how the music is related to sound effects and images, can be seen as an example of formal imitation. The imitation of opera is created through technical media of film, such as foregrounding of media in the audio-visual space, and manipulations of sounds, music, and images. Of special interest is how, by alternating between synchronicity and counterpoint between images, sound effects, and music, Bergman attracts attention to the media as visual and sonic experiences and creates formal structures that deviate from the overall character of the film. The intermedial dimension of the film revealed by the analysis is contextualized in relation to the historical discussion of mixed versus pure medialities. The film is seen in the light of an interest in media genre mixedness versus media genre specificity in 1960s Sweden.

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Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018. p. 49-74
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Stockholm Studies in Culture and Aesthetics, ISSN 2002-3227 ; 4
Keywords [en]
Media theory, Media aesthetics, Media history, Intermediality
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Musicology
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Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160604DOI: 10.16993/baq.cISBN: 978-91-7635-067-6 (print)ISBN: 978-91-7635-065-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160604DiVA, id: diva2:1251919
Available from: 2018-09-28 Created: 2018-09-28 Last updated: 2018-12-11Bibliographically approved

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