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I agree with you! It is interesting how novels can achieve the same effects as films without the use of all the media and special effects. I think that writers use a mixture of provocative, thoughtful subjects (like betrayal, honesty, love, or family, etc.) imagery, and figurative language in order to get the reader invested in a story in the same way that a film might use dialogue, sound/music, or cinematography to pull in the viewer.

I agree entirely on this one. The occasional twanging sound of Neil Young's guitar adds tremendously to the atmosphere and tension in the movie, while also creating the sense of the area in which the movie is set. The film would have far less emotional value without that odd background music, so I'm very glad it is there. It makes up for the fact that it is much more difficult to elaborate on the imagery or setting in a movie than in a book, because when it is written down, the author can spend as much time as they would like detailing the atmosphere and setting the tone. In a movie, however, this must be established innately based on what the audience sees and hears, which is very tricky to do well. In this case, I believe they managed this very well.

I think your title says it perfectly, Neil Young does have that 'magic touch.' The guitar makes the movie more intense but also more appealing and compelling because it adds an element to the movie thats separate from the acting itself. Thinking back to black and white movies with no talking, I think that music can often speak louder (and add more to the movie) than words.

I totally agree with you about Neil Young and his guitar playing in the movie. Shots of men on horses moving slowly across the screen suddenly becomes mysterious and an almost surreal moment because of the music. I think that the music as a whole adds to the whole idea of William Blake heading deep into the "unknown." Without the music, I think we'd just see an outlaw traveling in the American West and not the sort of "heart of darkness" that is similar to Marlow's journey in Conrad's novel.

If you ask nicely, Emma, I can burn you a CD of the soundtrack. One of my former students found a copy of the soundtrack for me.

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