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Playing with diegetic sound conventions in There's Something about Mary

by Oliver Gaycken

The sound in this scene from There's Something about Mary contains a joke that is based on our expectations for the use of nondiegetic film music. As Ted contemplates the photograph of Mary, music begins to play, which we initially assume is nondiegetic. As the camera moves downward from Ted's window, hwoever (in a nice example of a crane shot), we see Jonathan Richman on the street below, performing the song we have been hearing ("True Love Is Not Nice").

Playing with diegetic sound conventions in There's Something about Mary

A joke based on sound conventions in There's Something about Mary

from There's Something About Mary (1998)
Creator: Bobby Farrelly
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Posted by Oliver Gaycken
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