What is it about?

Music is a narrative device in the film Sonja the White Swan. It helps the viewer to understand Sonja more deeply, in terms of psychological processes rather than as a duplicate of Sonja Henie. The film distances itself from a historiographic narrative and presents a historical famous figure as a modern-day personality.

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Why is it important?

Music can advance filmic narrative, if employed strategically.


It is rare to find studies on music in film.

Shmavon Azatyan
La Trobe University

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This page is a summary of: Sonja: The White Swan: Music as narrative device, Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, September 2021, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/jsca_00053_1.
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