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The Elephant Man's Sound, Tracked

Greene, L (2020) The Elephant Man's Sound, Tracked. NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies. ISSN 2213-0217

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Abstract

‘The Elephant Man’s Sound, Tracked’ sets out to investigate the clean-up of a line of dialogue, “I am not an animal, I am a human being, a man, a man”, in David Lynch’s The Elephant Man (1980), and explores the possibility of an alternate soundtrack or even picture edit being cut for the film. Through archival research, interviews, close textual analysis, and videographic criticism, I propose that The Elephant Man offers a significant case study in critical post-production studies. This Audiovisual Essay concludes with a reflection on a moment in 1980 when the role and term sound designer was just coming in to use - prior to The Elephant Man it had been used on Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979) - and posits that there were significant tensions during post-production on The Elephant Man due to the workflow encompassing both unionised and non-unionised personnel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2001 Communication and Media Studies, 2002 Cultural Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Screen School
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 10:09
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2020 10:15
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13931

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