Sunday, August 22, 2010

Did cicadas help invent the spaghetti western?

On a walk through the park the cicadas were deafening in stereo, clacking it up like a frenzied clatch of techno dj's from both sides of the footpath. Walking with our friend, a director, we learn that cicadas are the ruin of many a film. Small sticks of dynamite are used to momentarily shut them up for a minute or two. Long takes are out of the question. I begin thinking of all of those poorly dubbed Sergio Leone films. Were they deprived of live sound as a result of cicada chatter?


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