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Composers in the MoviesStudies in Musical Biography$
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John C. Tibbetts

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106749

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106749.001.0001

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Introduction: The Lyre of Light

Introduction: The Lyre of Light

(p.1) Introduction: The Lyre of Light
Composers in the Movies

John C. Tibbetts

Yale University Press

This book describes the power possessed by dramatizations in the movies of historical events and famous people, and the enduring image they present that is significantly distinct from those that one can get from history books. Professional historians may chronicle their subjects with greater detail, precision, and accuracy, but they can scarcely hope to convey their portraits with a comparable degree of graphic, personal, and emotional vividness. That historical films and biopics construct peculiarly persuasive images has been demonstrated over and over again. Oliver Stone's JFK is a particularly compelling example. Its depiction of conspiratorial plots behind the Kennedy assassination was so visually persuasive that, to this day, it arouses controversy and threatens to overshadow the findings of the Warren Commission.

Keywords:   dramatizations, historical events, famous people, portraits, emotional vividness

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