The persisting story of sound in Alfonso Cuarón’s cinema

The aural patterns in the Mexican filmmaker explored in Fandor’s video essay.

The campaign for Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” at the Oscars race is hot and heavy, with Netflix extending its incredibly limited theatrical run to sprawl out to different United States film markets before booting it up on its own virtual stable.

For us, the opportunity had come and past during the 2018 QCinema International Film Festival, where the film had been screened alongside other great foreign titles.

It’s such perfect timing, then, for Fandor’s newest release—a two-minute video essay containing a supercut of Cuarón’s masterful use of sound in his cinema. The most vivid example, of course, comes from his post-apocalyptic drama, “Children of Men”, but the essay also cites his other works, including “Y Tu Mamá También”, “Gravity”, and “Sólo con Tu Pareja” among others.

The takeaway here is simple. As the opening title puts it:

The persisting story of sound in Alfonso Cuarón’s cinema

The other half obviously comes from sound, and it’s in Cuarón’s use of it that a faint whirring sound can convey a pang of melancholy and helplessness, as in “Children of Men”. Or that the domestic sounds of home can enliven a story and fill it with so much life, as they do in “Roma”.

Watch the video essay using the above video player. 

“Roma” is already available for streaming on Netflix in the U.S. since November 21st. It will be available for us in the Philippines on December 14, 2018. Click here to watch “Roma”.

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