Can You Hear It?

Film director, Christopher Nolan has fuelled the debate about muddy dialogue in films when he said in a recent interview that the mumbling cinemagoers were complaining about in Interstellar was deliberate. This a growing problem in television too with Jamaica Inn, Parade’s End and The Wire all coming in for criticism as large parts of the dialogue was inaudible. Some directors say they do it to make it sound authentic but in the same way that authors make bad proofreaders, I think directors are too familiar with the script to really ‘hear’ what actors are saying. Whatever the reason, they are short-changing audiences because if you can’t hear the words, what’s the point of listening?

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