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  • adj. that does not occur as part of the action, and cannot be heard by the film's characters; background


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  • The blurring of the lines between diegetic and non-diegetic sound and music in Halo 2 is a powerful technique that, in my mind, makes the sonic material all the more powerful.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • I had to look up "non-diegetic", um, and "orchestra" and "musical", plus a lot of other words, but it was worth it.


  • Rivette accompanies these scenes of potentiality with the film's only non-diegetic sound, a selection of stunning pieces by the Bulgarian women's choir compilation Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, music of such unearthly beauty that it is nearly alien, music that seems to emanate from and yearn for a world far beyond the corporeal plane.

    Hurlevent (Wuthering Heights)

  • The formal properties of cinema are laid bare, as they often are in Godard's films, and the soundtrack is particularly unpredictable, sometimes falling completely silent even when the characters are speaking onscreen, while at other times introducing non-diegetic sound to disrupt the reality of the image.

    Films I Love #19: First Name: Carmen (Jean-Luc Godard, 1983)

  • Largely occupying Hopper-esque settings of transience to emphasize the thematic overtones of loneliness, isolation, and thus self-contemplation, we are treated to frequent bouts of manipulated frame rates, saturated colours and aggressively wistful non-diegetic sound.

    MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS | Obsessed With Film

  • This absurd, non-diegetic intrusion simply passes by without comment, presumably a manifestation of Franz's subconscious, a recognition by him of his own equal status with the beasts, as acknowledged by one of the intertitles: "Man's fate is like that of the beasts."

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • The music on the soundtrack here is properly non-diegetic.

    The 10 Things I Hate About You Lesson Plan « We Don't Count Your Own Visits To Your Blog

  • And soundtrack (as in music, or voice-over), which is non-diegetic.

    The 10 Things I Hate About You Lesson Plan « We Don't Count Your Own Visits To Your Blog

  • If you think about it, all of Castle's earlier horror films had been comedic though in a non-diegetic sense; they were genuinely horrific, but comedic in the way he sold them.

    Archive 2007-06-24

  • His use of music is again stunningly effective, deploying a devilishly cool soundtrack at the most opportune moments – with non-diegetic sound punctuating only the most emotional of scenes, leaving the more ponderous pace of the meandering plot untouched.

    THE DARJEELING LIMITED | Obsessed With Film


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