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Sound effects in Punch Drunk Love

by Michelle Langford

Types of Film Sound: Sound effects – In this clip from ‘Punch Drunk Love’ we can listen to how the mixing of sound effects is used to create an experience of cognitive dissonance and allows us to get inside the anxious world of the central character Barry. It is a good example of how a fatigued nervous system might apprehend the world. Here, sound exceeds a narrative purpose and becomes expressive in its own right. This clip highlights he way that sound can penetrate us, or how sound can become a portal to the inner world of a character.

Sonic dissonance in Punch Drunk Love

Punch Drunk Love sonic dissonance

from Punch Drunk Love (2002)
Creator: Paul Thomas Anderson
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Posted by Michelle Langford