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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Deception
Start time: 0:34:35
End time: 0:34:47
Total duration: 0:00:12
Page #: 61
Measure #: 5
Scene: Reel 5
Key: chromatic
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 126
Marking: Con moto
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: A descending chromatic line is repeated four times - chromaticism is often associated with lying and deception; Leslie has lied about the letter and there is a brief moment of uncertainty and tension as Howard decides what to do next; no dialogue during this cue
On-screen: Leslie lies about the letter
Music annotations: [m. 5] mf; [m. 8] cresc
Film annotations: [m. 5] But that is impossible; [m. 7] Cue: XXX
Orchestration annotations: [m. 5] 2 vibraph + violins (sord) tremolo 5 times divisi / 2 bassoons + 2 flts; [m. 8] add E. Horn + 2 violas (sord); [m. 9] add 3 clar / add 2 muted horns
Analysis: Chromatic melody harmonized with a dissonant [01369] sonority (diminished seventh + added dissonance)
Tags

chromatic scale | deception | lawyer | leading lady | letter | lying | pc set | pivotal scene | prison | tense

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