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Voicing the CinemaFilm Music and the Integrated Soundtrack$
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James Buhler and Hannah Lewis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043000

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043000.001.0001

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Some Thoughts on Genre, the Vococentric Cinema, and “Stella by Starlight”

Some Thoughts on Genre, the Vococentric Cinema, and “Stella by Starlight”

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(p.171) Chapter 9 Some Thoughts on Genre, the Vococentric Cinema, and “Stella by Starlight”
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Voicing the Cinema
Author(s):
David Neumeyer
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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043000.003.0010

The generic dissonance between romantic comedy and horror film in The Uninvited (1944) is explored through a focus on the character and placements of the “Serenade to Stella by Starlight.” The essay describes the tension between this songlike theme, the sound of the piano, and the identification of the Serenade more closely with its composer (the male lead) than with the woman he wrote it for.

Keywords:   The Uninvited, “Stella by Starlight”, film music, genre

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