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Opening Explosion and Aftermath from CHILDREN OF MEN

by The Cine-Files

CHILDREN OF MEN's opening bombing scene displays the usual characteristics of the tinnitus trope. When the coffee shop explodes shortly after Theo's exit, the soundtrack evokes his damaged auditory perspective through a ringing sound and a reduction of the ambient sound of the city street. A handheld camera visually reinforces this point-of-audition (POA) sound with Theo's unsteady point of view (POV), moving toward the debris and carnage of the bombing. However, sound and vision soon diverge, as the tinnitus effect continues through the subsequent title credit and the next scene, in which the traumatized Theo is shown entering his workplace. Such a schism between aural and visual perspective, which allows us to both inhabit and objectify the protagonist, is common in the cinematic representation of acoustic trauma.

-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.

Opening Explosion and Aftermath from CHILDREN OF MEN

This opening explosion displays the usual characteristics of the tinnitus trope.

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