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Sound bridges in M

by Oliver Gaycken

M was an early sound-era film, and Lang experimented with unconventional possibilities for film sound. This sequence contains a number of sound bridges, where the sound of a scene precedes its image. In this way, as the news about his latest murder begins to circulate, Lang indicates how the fear of the serial killer unites various parts of the city (and hence this sound bridging is similar to Lang's unusual use of match-on-action editing).

Sound bridges in M

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The use of sound bridges in M

from M (1931)
Creator: Fritz Lang
Distributor: Vereinigte Star-Film GmbH
Posted by Oliver Gaycken