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Sound in Film

             That scream - that banal, shrilly, piercing or carnal cry - next to the sound of a gun being fired, is one of the most iconic sound effects in cinema. This is not to say simply that it is employed extensively across histories, genres, forms and media but as its nature as a sound effect suggests there are undisclosed elements such as issues of sex, gender, violence and drama that are also relevant to its importance. When a scream is only a yelp, rather than dismiss its cheapness - its tawdry obviousness or its lack of substance - that scream is analyzed and found guilty of hiding a different meaning. According to Michel Chion the "pathetic yelp- heard in the opening scene of Blow Out is only significant because of its source, a beautiful female. "A woman is taking a shower. Someone rips open the shower curtain, waving a knife. Dramatic pause, then the woman screams her head off."" The scene culminates with a yelp. The scream, whether, synchronized, stretched or silenced sails between the cinema and social reality and embodies a perpetual meaning described as "rigged."" Screams whose tactile renderings are acoustically blurred and whose significance is dulled despite the violence which prompts their release can be construed as powerful or weak. In analyzing Chion's analogy of the article, "The Screaming Point,"" it can be said that the scream functions as a classical and cliché paradigm - journey from vocal to aural. He generalizes the scream as a female expression. Chion ponders a specific question: what does it mean when a woman screams? .
             "We tend to call a woman's cry a scream and the man's cry a shout."" Chion speaks of the social implications of a woman's cry being a sign of fear which is acceptable as opposed to a man's cry being a sign of weakness and not acceptable. He even says the evidence is in the terminology of the female cry being called a scream and the male cry a shout.

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