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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Start time: 0:38:20
End time: 0:38:29
Total duration: 0:00:09
Page #: 76
Measure #: 92
Scene: Reel 5
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 63
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: A dissonant stinger in the low strings and brass as Leslie collapses to the floor; rapid repeated notes followed by prolonged dissonance
On-screen: Leslie collapses
Music annotations: [m. 93] Moe'rendo / pp
Film annotations: [m. 92] She falls; [m. 93] Into dialogue
Orchestration annotations: [m. 92] gong / timp
Analysis: There is no resolution here (the chord is a half-diminished seventh with a dissonant suspension)
Tags

anxious | collapsing | fainting | falling | fearful | half-diminished 7th chord | lawyer | leading lady | letter | mickey-mousing | pivotal scene | prison | suspension | tense

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