Folklore | Music in African Film
F608 | 25308 | Stone

Meets with F301.  Music has influenced film in the Hollywood as well
as documentary and ethnographic contexts.  This music has
underscored and created a counterpoint to the visual images and
action.  The course will explore how various kinds of music have
been created, and how these musics have been interpreted by
audiences, composers, and arrangers.  Films to be viewed and
analyzed will be selected from the seventy-year period from 1930-
2000.  They will include, among others, African Queen, La Vie est
Belle, Out of Africa, Quartier Mozart, and Le Grand Blanc de

Several short analysis exercises will be assigned. The major project
for the class will be a paper of approximately 10 pages or a website.

Texts:  Royal S. Brown. Overtones and Undertones: Reading Film
Music, 1994.
Richard Davis. Complete Guide to Film Scoring: The Art and Business
of Writing Music for Movies and TV, 1999.
Manthia Diawara. African Cinema: Politics and Culture, 1992.
Gugler, Josef. African Film: Re-imagining a Continent, 2003.
Thackway, Melissa. Africa Shoots Back: Alternative Perspectives in
Sub-saharan Francophone African Film. 2003.