Film Formally

Ep 16 - Sounds of Commerce in Early Documentary feat. Tanya Goldman

August 4, 2020

Join us as we open our ears to the stylized sounds of a bustling commercial existence circa the 1930s — that is, the way they sound in some of the more daring documentaries of the time. Tanya Goldman, a Cinema Studies PHD candidate at NYU, walks us through these films, how their radical soundtracks express their politics, and how the soundscapes of documentaries have shifted in the decades since. (All of the main films discussed are available to watch online for free, you can find links in our shownotes at filmformally.com.)

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