Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
The artistic merit of a lack of sound in film
Recently we saw how the lack of sound impacts the cinematic landscape in John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, but, of course, it is not a new phenomenon. Another wonderful example of the absence of sound (or rather music) in a film would have to be Michael Haneke’s 1994 film 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance. It would be interesting to see how this absence lends itself to the film’s plot and whether it strengthens or hinders the work. The exploration of sound/music in film is still a relatively new study, and I have not seen much in the way of discussing its absence, so it would be really fascinating to track the progress of sound and how it impacts spectatorship depending on its presence or lack thereof.