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Julian's Monologue About Tinnitus from CHILDREN OF MEN

by The Cine-Files

Julian casts the sound of Theo's acoustic trauma as the dying screams of his biological apparatus. In her monologue, tinnitus is the tragic signal of an unrecoverable loss, a loss that must be borne by the listener alone. Taking in the long Hollywood history of "steel eardrums" and consequence-free explosions, it might seem odd that even a sophisticated action-oriented film would pause to consider the lingering damage from a single and comparatively unspectacular bombing. But as many moviegoers will have noticed over the past decade-plus, the sound of tinnitus as a representation of acoustic trauma has become commonplace--arguably to the point of cliché.

-Mack Hagood

The complete text of Mack Hagood's piece can be found in the current issue of The Cine-Files at www.thecine-files.com.

Julian's Monologue About Tinnitus from CHILDREN OF MEN

An illustration of using tinnitus as a representation of acoustic trauma in recent cinema.

from Children of Men (2006)
Creator: Alfonso Cuarón
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Posted by The Cine-Files
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