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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)


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Instance
Theme name: The Poison Victim
Start time: 1:07:50
End time: 1:08:46
Total duration: 0:00:56
Page #: 58
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 7
Key: unstable
Meter: 3/4
Tempo (bpm): 54
Marking: Mysterioso (andte)
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Dissonant tone clusters and tritones as Rocks begins to feel the effects of the poison; quiet chromatic descending lines over a tense drone
On-screen: Rocks is poisoned
Music annotations: [m. 1] pp; [m. 2] pp; [m. 3] pp; [m. 4] simile; [m. 5] poco animato; [m. 6] pp; [m. 7] pp; [m. 8] sf; [m. 9] pp / ppp; [m. 10] pp; [m. 10] this whole scene ppp; [m. 12] pp
Film annotations: [m. 1] Cue: XXX; [m. 2] I've thought it all out; [m. 3] Why?; [m. 6] Knocked out?; [m. 8] Death by drowning; [m. 9] Sure; [m. 12] Look at me!
Orchestration annotations: [m. 1] 2 subtone clarinets; [m. 2] 2 fl / harp added / piano + harp solo; [m. 3] gong ppp / (piano let it ring); [m. 5] 3 horns and harp; [m. 6] gong / basses + contrabassoon; [m. 8] add piano and harp also celli; [m. 9] oboe (cue in fl as well) / timp roll; [m. 10] bassoon (vibraphone added with both voices); [m. 12] piano + harp + timp
Analysis: The cue begins with a tight (012) tone cluster, which expands to (01245); parallel rising quartal chords in measure 5 might represent Rocks's struggle against the effects of the poison; descending parallel fifths in measure 10 might represent him succumbing to the poison; the prominent descending tritones might connect with Rocks motif
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dissonant | doctor | gangster | leading lady | leading man | murder | murderer | murdering | murder scene | mysterious | office | parallel fifths | poison | poisoning | quartal chord | tense | tone cluster | tritone

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