• Phil Powrie


The Introduction gives the background for the three major claims of the book: first, that the composed score in the heritage film is gendered and generally functions to constrain even the strongest female protagonists; second, that the significant increase in English-language songs in contemporary French films is an essential part of the way in which French films contrast them with French-language songs, whose function is to create nostalgia; finally, that there is a special function of songs in films, which I call the crystal-song. There is a discussion of approaches to film music, including the psychological analysis of “frissons,” brief coverage of music in the thriller genre, and an appraisal of some key debates in film music (the pause, the leitmotif and the diegetic).


Heritage Film Gender English-language Songs Crystal-song Frissons Thriller Leitmotif 


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