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The Unheard Voice in the Sound Film

From: Cinema Journal
Volume 52, Number 4, Summer 2013
pp. 3-24 | 10.1353/cj.2013.0031



Much has been written on the “disembodied voice” in film. This article seeks to address the inverse: speaking characters whose words go unheard. Often thought rare, this phenomenon is quite common, and to address this blind spot, I propose the neologism “the voice-out” and identify ten categories thereof. In so doing, I illuminate a number of understudied sound-image relations within the cinema.