RC312 Final Paper - Joe Lipsey III 6/23/2011 RCHUMS 312...

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Joe Lipsey III 6/23/2011 RCHUMS 312 Professor Eagle Musical Motifs through of the Soundtrack’s of No Man’s Land , Before the Rain , and Time of the Gypsies and their Meanings Motifs are used in many films to convey meaning and are recurring in order to stress a certain meaning, theme or subject. Nearly anything can serve as a motif, animals, objects, colors, and dialogue. In No Man’s Land , Before the Rain , and Time of the Gypsies we see there are musical motifs used to help convey the meaning of the film as well as further ones understanding as the movie progresses. Of course you may not realize a certain song is a motif until you hear it within the film a few times. Each film is different in style and subject matter. Nevertheless they each possess the use of music in some manner. No Man’s Land’s music exists in the background to help further the narrative. Before the Rain’s music is very emotive in relation to the narrative. And Time of the Gypsies uses music to illustrate the meaning of the film and the culture at large. No Man’s Land is a film based on the Bosnian War that included many sides but mainly involved conflict between the Republic of Bosnia Herzegovina and the Bosnian Serbs and Croats; the first of the two possessing mainly Muslim Bosnians. After the Bosnian Serbs began to attack Bosnian villages, those living there were left to protect their families and homes themselves, most banning together. The title of the film is very much a literal place or area. To be in no mans land is to be in an area where no country or existing body has any ownership or control of the land. In this case the men in the film
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get caught in “no man’s land” which leaves them in need of help from the UN in order to get out safely without either side (Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Muslims) killing them. Two of the Bosnian Serbs, including Nino, laid Cera on a mine in the trench and activated the mine, since they thought he was dead. The practice of laying dead bodies on mines was done to kill more of the opposing army men if they were to ever come looking for their dead troops. However since Cera was not dead this made matters worse and the UN attempted to remove the mine without killing him, causing a news crew to appear and more attention than the UN ever desired to have upon the situation. The film itself does not have a large amount of musical input but it does have a few key instances when music does add to the narrative. For example, there are four instances within the movie when music is played by the radio or in person. The first time this happens, two Bosnian Serb soldiers are hiding and are waiting for further instruction. One of the men turned on the radio while they watched Nino run around half-naked,
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