It's April and that means the A to Z Blogging Challenge! This year my theme is film terms.
Music in film enhances the story in a way that nothing else can.
Bernard Herrmann composed the music for Psycho (1960) using a combination of pounding stacato strings and smooth sounds to create a schizophrenic feel.
In Star Wars: The Empire Stikes Back (1980), John Williams composed "Imperial March" to represent the sinister Darth Vader.
As for musicals, there are two types:
1) Expressionistic: Characters impulsively break into song and dance to express their feelings. An example would be The Wizard of Oz (1939) and An American in Paris (1951).
2) Realistic: Characters sing because there is a reason to. An example would be Cabaret (1972) in which the characters perform in a music hall. Although, technically onsidered a jukebox musical, Saturday Night Fever (1977) features characters dancing to disco music.
There are also films inspired and adapted from musical theatre, including Westside Story, Annie, Cats and Chicago.