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date: 31 October 2020

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This chapterexamines film music and sound theories. It charts some major trends in interpretive research on the soundtrack, using Francesco Casetti’s model of the development of film theory. It explains that Casetti’s developmental model of film theory traces the progressive academic institutionalization of film studies in shifts from an ontological paradigm to a methodological paradigm to a field paradigm, and suggests that the goals of ontological theories have antecedents in formalism. This chapteralso highlights critical theories’ focus on how music and sound can bear particular cultural and ideological values in a film.

Keywords: film music, sound theories, Francesco Casetti, film theory, film studies, ontological theories, formalism, critical theories

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