In this course we will investigate the relationship between all aspects of film sound (music, voices, noise) and the moving image in a variety of films ranging from the “silent” era to the present. We will consider how film sound has evolved since the birth of the “talking” picture in 1927. What is the traditional role of sound in a film, and how have filmmakers sometimes departed from the usual practice? Through our analyses we will challenge the assumption that film is primarily a visual medium. Time permitting, we will also experiment with adding our own sound to pre-existing video.