Doing Gender: Vocal Control in Movies

"There Will Be Blood: Vocal Control in Movies" -- Now You See It, 2017, 14:25 --

Case study of "vocal control" in film using There Will Be Blood (2007), The Birdcage (1996), many John Wayne movies, and more. The running theme is the accomplishment of masculine control and therefore the concept of "doing gender" as well. Additionally, vocal control can be said to be an aspect of hegemonic masculinity-- Although there are numerous ways and styles of being in control of one's voice and expressions, the accomplishment of control remains a consistent characteristic of manhood. Good questions to ask about who is in control are: Do they control the camera? Do they control the narrative? Do they control others? ...

From the video's description: "Voice shows a character's control of a scene. Depending on how they talk and when they talk, you can see the power dynamics between characters. Who's in control, and who's being dominated. With this thinking in mind, Daniel Plainview becomes a fascinating character to study. And do first understand Daniel Plainview's voice, you have to first understand John Wayne's voice".