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Engaging DialogueCinematic Verbalism in American Independent Cinema$
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Jennifer O'Meara

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420624

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420624.001.0001

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Verbal Extremes and Excess

Verbal Extremes and Excess

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(p.176) Conclusion: Verbal Extremes and Excess
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Engaging Dialogue
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Jennifer O'Meara

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420624.003.0009

This conclusion brings together the book’s key findings in relation to dialogue in selected American independent cinema. It surmises that such speech is often written, performed, recorded and integrated in such ways that audiences construct meaning by joining the dialogue dots, or filling in the dialogue blanks. Individual lines are rarely memorable, yet this is not found to be a weakness of such independent film dialogue. Instead, it is the outcome of speech that is carefully entwined with the films’ various components. The remembering and repetition of specific lines by audioviewers is uncommon in these cases precisely because the language accumulates meaning through its execution in the finished film. Instead, indie dialogue can operates on complex levels that allows for alternative forms of audience pleasure. Overall, such dialogue is found to be characterized by: (1) alternations between verbal efficiency and excess; (2) ‘gaps’ in verbal meaning and (3) the reflexive, exaggerated treatment of mainstream dialogue norms. The book’s conclusion relates such cinematic forms of verbalism back to independent and art cinemas more broadly. It also identifies future research directions.

Keywords:   Key findings, Verbal efficiency, Verbal excess, Gaps in verbal meaning, Mainstream dialogue norms, Art cinema, Future research directions

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