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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Underscoring (Tense)
Start time: 0:36:53
End time: 0:37:07
Total duration: 0:00:14
Page #: 71
Measure #: 66
Scene: Reel 5
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 72
Marking: Modto
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Tremolos used as tense underscoring as Howard reminds Leslie of what is in the letter
On-screen: Howard takes out the letter
Music annotations: [m. 66] p (subito) / no tremolo / pp; [m. 68] accel; [m. 69] slowly / legato / p subito
Film annotations: [m. 66] Perhaps you've forgotten; [m. 68] Will you read it; [m. 69] No - I don't want it!
Orchestration annotations: [m. 66] timp; [m. 69] celli
Analysis: Sustained whole-tone chords over an oscillating tritone
Tags

deception | denying | lawyer | leading lady | letter | ominous | pivotal scene | prison | tense | tritone | tritone | whole-tone | whole-tone chord

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