SCSMI2017 Helsinki has ended
The annual conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) welcomes you to the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, June 11th – 14th, 2017

SCSMI2017 Helsinki program is under construction and changes are to occur. Meanwhile you may complete your personal information with a photo and some tags, so the other attendees and speakers will get to know more of you and your interests, and vice versa.

Go to registration or check practical information about accommodation etc. at http://scsmi2017.aalto.fi/
Back To Schedule
Wednesday, June 14 • 14:00 - 14:30
SP Jeff Smith. Scoring the Warner Bros. Crime Film: From Little Caesar To White Heat

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Limited Capacity seats available

This paper traces the development of film scoring techniques in crime films produced by Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1949. It highlights three factors that accounted for a precipitous increase in the amount of music that appeared in these films: 1) technological improvements, such as the push-pull soundtrack and rerecording techniques, 2) the rise in status of the crime film as part of the studio's offerings, and 3) the psychological turn in the genre that became more prominent throughout the 1940s.


Jeff Smith

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jeff Smith is the author of THE SOUNDS OF COMMERCE: MARKETING POPULAR FILM MUSIC and FILM CRITICISM, THE COLD WAR, AND THE BLACKLIST: READING HOLLYWOOD'S REDS. He is also a co-author, along with David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, for the eleventh edition of FILM ART: AN INTRODU... Read More →

Wednesday June 14, 2017 14:00 - 14:30 EEST
A-301 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki