Nondiegetic Music Of The Doors In The Scene Waitin Essay

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Nondiegetic Music Of The Doors In The Scene Waiting In Saigon

Nondiegetic music of the Doors in the scene waiting in Saigon


Sound plays a significant part in all movies and one of the most interesting of all the
sound techniques would be the use of nondiegetic music. In the movie Apocalypse Now, there
is a double disc soundtrack with thirty tracks on it. The one song on there that has the
most meaning would The Doors song "The End". This song not only set the mood for the scene
waiting in Saigon and the move as a whole but is also used to foreshadow the death of
Coronal Kurtis. Mr. Coppola, the director of the film, was a genius for picking this song
to represent the movie. It not only fits the movie with the sounds of helicopter but the
words alone have significant meaning to the movie. Along with it serving as a premise for
the movie, Mr. Coppola plays with the viewer's perception of diegetic sounds and
nondiegetic music.

The scene as a whole is a montage of overlapping dissolve sequence. It is set in Saigon
but is more of a delusional state of mind of Willard, the main character. We get a sense
of the upcoming climatic part of the movie through the visions and music of the scene. The
opening scene starts out with a diegetic sound of a helicopter passing in front of a
jungle. We get the sense that the helicopter sounds that we will be hearing are going to
be diegetic until Mr. Coppola brings in The Doors song "The End". Which brings the sounds
of the helicopter into the music. He uses the helicopter as a set up for the music
ensemble that is forth coming. As the electric guitar starts to play a psychedelic tune
with the sounds of the synthesized helicopter, you feel like you're in a somewhat
delusional state of mind. As if your mind is being carried away by the music to a
dreamlike place. The dirt in the scene is doing some mysterious dance to the beat making
the jungle in the background seem somewhat fuzzy and dreamlike. The first minute of the
song is used to set the viewers for the montages sequence that is coming up next in the
scene. Its purpose is to make us feel delusional and somewhat drugged. The guitar solo and
synthesized helicopter sounds then leads us into the world and mind of the main character,
captain Willard.

As the sequence moves along you hear the voice of Jim Morrison sing, " This is the end
Beautiful friend This is the end My only friend, the end," to the flaming sights of war
are seen at the edge of a jungle as napalm blows the jungle up to pieces. As the camera
pans across the destruction left of the bomb, the song emphasizes the word the end. This
music is used to bring a hallucinatory intensity to the movie. Without the song in the
background all we would see is the destruction that the war had on the jungle. With the
music we get more of feeling of the destruction that it had mentally, not only physically
on Willard mind. We get the sense that Willard knows something that we as viewers don't
and is trying to forewarn us that something is going to end. The first spoken words of the
song add the needed intensity to the sequence and the whole movie. To let the viewers know
that something is going to end. Whither it is the end of the war, or the end of a life.

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