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Now available from Indiana University Press:

Epic Sound
Music in Postwar Hollywood Biblical Films
Stephen C. Meyer

"An ambitious and fascinating book." čJames Buhler, The University of
Texas at Austin

Lavish musical soundtracks contributed a special grandeur to the new
widescreen, stereophonic sound movie experience of postwar biblical epics
such as
Samson and Delilah, Ben-Hur, and Quo Vadis. In Epic Sound, Stephen C.
Meyer shows how music was utilized for various effects, sometimes serving
as a vehicle for narrative plot and at times complicating biblical and
cinematic interpretation.
 In this way, the soundscapes of these films reflected the ideological and
aesthetic tensions within the genre, and more generally, within postwar
American society. By examining key biblical films, Meyer adeptly engages
musicology with film studies to explore
 cinematic interpretations of the Bible during the 1940s through the 1960s.

288 pp., 11 b&w illus., 57 music exx.
paper 978-0-253-01451-1 $35.00
ebook 978-0-253-01459-7 $34.99

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