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The Art of Whispering in Movies and Television Supercut

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The mystery whisper from 'Lost in Translation'

The mystery whisper from ‘Lost in Translation’

I love these supercut videos that mash-up all the instances of a particular motif in film to give this grand sense of the given aspect’s effects. A new one by Jon Lefkovitz hit the internet a couple weeks back–this time focused on whispers in film and television.

We tend to think of whispering only as the key way to tell a secret, but this supercut shows it’s also for adding intensity, surprise, suspense, seduction, threat, and humor. The whispers are accentuated with close-ups (Citizen Kane) and long shots (Lost in Translation). Some whispers are loudly balanced in the audio to give the effect of hearing it right in the ear while other whispers are never given over to the audience at all.

Winner of the Best Whisperer Award goes to Jimmy Stewart for his many admirable whispers in films like Vertigo and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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