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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)


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Instance
Theme name: Mysterioso Pizzicato
Composer: J. Bodewalt Lampe; arr. Max Steiner
Start time: 0:42:41
End time: 0:42:56
Total duration: 0:00:15
Page #: 61
Measure #: 19
Scene: Reel 5 Part 1
Key: b - unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 92
Marking: Molto modto
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: When aunt Martha talks about seeing "that face" at the movies we hear "Mysterioso Pizzicato," a cliched silent movie theme for villains
On-screen: Martha talks about scary movies
Music annotations: [m. 19] molto modto / p; [m. 21] mp; [m. 22] riten; [m. 23] accell
Film annotations: [m. 19] But I've seen that face before; [m. 23] Don't worry
Orchestration annotations: [m. 19] gong / 1 piano (pedal) / 2 harps / 1 bass (pizz); [m. 20] 1 flt 1 clar (subtone) p; [m. 21] 1 trb felt / 2 basses / celli; [m. 22] horns + W.W. / tuba / timp
Analysis: The cue begins in unison (B minor) and finishes with thick harmonies that clash with that tonality
Tags

aunt | brother | conversing | crazy person | criminal | dissonant bass | doctor | establish character | familiar tune | leading lady | leading man | murderer | mysterious | room | scar | silent film music

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