Feeling the voice: Embodied aural encounters in under the bombs (Philippe Aractingi, 2007)

Nessa Johnston

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    Shot on digital video during and after Israel’s aerial bombardment of Lebanon in 2006, Philippe Arachtingi’s Under the Bombs (2007) uses actors to play the lead characters in a fictitious narrative, interacting with bystanders and using a real war as its setting and backdrop. Johnston argues that the soundtrack, particularly the voice, has an important role to play in creating and enabling this hybrid of fiction, documentary, and news footage. The verbal and nonverbal vocal elements of the soundtrack provide a tactile embodiment of the performers visible on screen. Furthermore, synchronized location-recorded sound simultaneously authenticates the reality of the moment, and initiates a felt emotional response. Using analysis of key scenes in the film, and focusing on nonsemantic characteristics of voice, the chapter considers the role of sound technologies in the mediation of screen performance, experienced as embodied aural encounters.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLocating the Voice in Film
    Subtitle of host publicationCritical Approaches and Global Practices
    EditorsTom Whittaker, Sarah Wright
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9780190261122
    ISBN (Print)9780190261122
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Jan 2017


    • voice
    • breath
    • sound
    • soundtrack
    • film
    • documentary
    • drama-doc
    • performance
    • Lebanon
    • war
    • Film
    • War
    • Sound
    • Drama-doc
    • Documentary
    • Soundtrack
    • Breath
    • Performance
    • Voice


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