The sound world of the alienated film character


Alienation is a concept interpreted from different angles and used in various areas of human thought: in philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, and economics. Some theoretical works and those works of art which center on the phenomenon of alienation, emphasize three main aspects of this phenomenon: alienation as the loss of essential connections (identification) with the outside world (society, social group, nature); with close people (the loved one, family, friends) and, ultimately, with oneself, the true self. It is these aspects of the understanding of alienation that can also be seen in cinema — an art form which, perhaps, responds to the problems and events of contemporary reality in the quickest and most vivid way. Most frequently, the theme of alienation in the film is based on the development of the artistic image of one — as a rule, the main —character. Despite the fact that alienation a priori implies the “alienation” of the actor’s performance and the minimization of expressive means, the ideas and deep meanings that are very important for the director, the director’s aesthetic and ethical principles and his or her interpretation of contemporary problems are often conveyed through the image of the alienated character. The essay deals with the visual and sound techniques and the semantics of word and music employed in the process of creating the inner and the outer worlds of an alienated film character.


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Alienation is one of the topical problems in modern society increasingly affecting people. It is no coincidence that this issue has become the subject of artistic insight in various art forms including cinema. The article explores the visual and sound techniques and the semantics of words and music in the context of representing the alienated character, his inner and outer world.


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Elena A. Rusinova


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PhD (Arts), Vice Rector For International Relations and Scientific Work, Chair of Sound Design Department

Russian Federation


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Supplementary Files
1. Русинова Е.А. Фото автора

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2. "Time for Entertainment" (1967), directed by J. Tati

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3. “I Hired a Killer” (1990), directed by A. Kaurismäki

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4. "The Seventh Continent" (1989), director M. Haneke

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5. "Meek" (1969), directed by R. Bresson

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6. “Exile” (2007), director A. Zvyagintsev

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7. “The Man Who Sleeps” (1974), directed by B. Keysanne

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