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n. pl. di·e·ge·ses (-sēz)
1. The presentation of a narrative without direct dramatic imitation of the events, scenes, or characters described.
2. The world that is depicted in a work of narrative art, especially a film.

[Greek diēgēsis, narration, narrative, from diēgeisthai, to describe : dia-, dia- + hēgeisthai, to lead; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (in narrative film or literature) the fictional setting, events, and characters


- The narrative or plot.
See also related terms for narrative.
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Finally, non-diegetic sound, or score, can create identification.
This close attention to aural detail also spills beyond the storyline, with recurrent non-diegetic shots that focus attention on, for example, the rustling of leaves in the wind--as though to suggest that the world without humans goes on, and maybe more peacefully than before.
It is thus somewhat unfortunate that while chapter two successfully analyzes the interaction of diegetic and non-diegetic music with the films in highly sophisticated form, it lapses back into the worn out periodization of cultural politics that dates back to the first (Western) approaches to East German culture in the early seventies (i.
Film-music theorist Claudia Gorbman distinguishes three modes of silence: diegetic musical silence (whereby there is silence within the film world, but non-diegetic music--audible only to audiences--can be present), non-diegetic silence (when there is no music or score, but diegetic sounds can be heard) and structural silence (when a sound, previously used at a certain point, is later missing from similar places).
Wissner investigates the ways in which diegetic and non-diegetic music encourages the television viewer's escape from reality and the importance placed on the viewer's aural imagination.
In a film otherwise fueled by a non-diegetic soundtrack, Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass, 2013) makes use of silence the moment Phillips's lifeboat transitions from cargo ship to the water, punctuating the significance of the Captain's abduction (which may lead to his death, if we wish to follow Doane's observations on filmic silence).
An exactingly selected soundtrack of 1970s radio staples, meanwhile, alternates between diegetic and loudly non-diegetic applications; sentimental song lyrics appear to fill her head as approximations of regular human feeling.
Sciannameo's consideration gives readers a glimpse into how the composer interpreted these Coppola films, thereby illuminating the diegetic and non-diegetic handling of the characters' complicated cultural and familial identities as both Mafiosi and Italian-Americans.
The key characters join the spectator in a position of elevated contemplation at the film's end, when they look out over the Grand Canyon, accompanied by brassy, triumphant non-diegetic music.
Most importantly, he makes it clear that music must not be restricted to the limited labels of diegetic and non-diegetic so commonly employed in contemporary scholarship, which is a concept he expands upon with his analytic approach in chapter 2.
10) Somewhere begins with a still camera in the California desert and no non-diegetic sounds.
Her detailed explication of the non-diegetic application of Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms," in a later episode, illuminates the series' dramatic choices in the last seasons and the implications of the show's departure from established musical norms.

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