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Venice Biennale

It would be nice to do something political (AIS 22)

Sound paranoia
On The Manchurian Candidate. By Gustavo Costantini
Maybe, unexpectedly, Jonathan Demme’s remake of The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962) is a wonderful demonstration of how Sound Design can introduce an audience to the inside of a character’s mind. More than sound, of course, is needed in order to achieve that, but because the film – in a way quite fortunately – lacks the obvious dissolves and out of focus shots often used to achieve this internalizing effect, the role sound plays in achieving it is all the more prominent. A tight editing lets sound develop very complex ambient resonances, interesting interactions between Sound Design and the underscore, and most of all, the ultimate possibilities of subjective sound.