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I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951) [IN PROCESS - Information may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies]


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Instance
Theme name: Undercover Agent
Start time: 0:00:26
End time: 0:01:02
Total duration: 0:00:36
Page #: 2
Measure #: 10
Scene: Main Title
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 88
Instrumentation: orchestra, percussion
Description
Description: The main theme of the film is a march with dissonant brass accents; the oscillating tritone in the timpani is linked with a man's footsteps as he walks down the dark hallway
On-screen: Starring list
Music annotations: [m. 11] f; [m. 15] sfz; [m. 16] we'll make the cymbals separately; [m. 22] segue and overlap a little
Orchestration annotations: [m. 10] sax + ? / viol; [m. 11] W.W. / strgs / 2 piano / vibraph / cel / harp / cymb with soft stick; [m. 14] 2 trpts muted and one piano; [m. 18] use 3rd trpt (felt) / horns / trbs; [m. 22] gong
Analysis: Although there is a strong B minor chord at the beginning, Steiner alternates between F# and C (tritone) throughout the march, creating a fundamental instability
Tags

approaching | bold | cast list | dark | dramatic | hallway | march | mickey-mousing | opening title sequence | starring list | stranger | tritone | walking