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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Underscoring (Tense)
Start time: 0:36:22
End time: 0:36:42
Total duration: 0:00:20
Page #: 68
Measure #: 46
Scene: Reel 5
Key: unstable
Meter: 6/8
Tempo (bpm): 96
Marking: Mysterioso (medium full)
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Emotions rise again with a repeated three-note gesture that ascends sequentially to a climax (as Leslie tries to explain why she sent the letter), followed by underscoring in which emotions settle once again as he replies
On-screen: Leslie explains why she wrote the letter
Music annotations: [m. 46] modto / in 2 / mysterioso / Should not sound too "kosher" / She's lying like Hell!!; [m. 54] modto / legato / enharmonic / (a little fuller) / mp
Film annotations: [m. 46] Near the bridge; [m. 50] You see; [m. 52] I was forced to stick to it; [m. 54] Then you'll be called upon; [m. 56] Well, I'll tell you
Orchestration annotations: [m. 46] harp; [m. 54] add 2 horns / 2 trbs? / basses
Analysis: The first part of the cue is harmonized by whole-tone chords (these can also be seen as V7b5 or Fr+6 sonorities)
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deception | lawyer | leading lady | letter | lying | pivotal scene | prison | tense | whole-tone chord

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