A few years ago, when I was an English teacher, I recall giving a class called “The power of music”. It was a listening exercise in which an expert explained the link between music and emotions; for instance, the way classical music relaxes the listener. He went on to describe how Hollywood directors understand this link all too well.
Film music tells us how and what to feel and manipulates us emotionally. The saddest scene in a film is often intensified in this way by the sound of a solo violin playing. Thrillers depend a great deal on edgy, unexpected sounds and musical cues to sensitize our feelings, distracting us and failing to prepare us for the unexpected. The best example is Bernard Herrman’s minimalist score for the infamous shower scene in “Psycho”.
When I watched the new version of Love Me Like You Hate Me for the first time, I remembered the class that I taught about the power of music. The slow piano gives the opening sequence of Love Me Like You Hate Me the feel of a thriller before anything has even happened. When I push the white dress down in the water, that simple gesture is made much more erotic and meaningful because of the subtle piano music.
The film, as a whole, is made much more obsessive and crueller by the intelligent use of music, even though the shoot itself was nothing but fun. If you want to watch the new version of Love Me Like You Hate Me, watch the video below.
Title image: Kristyan Geyr Images
“LOVE ME LIKE YOU HATE ME”is written and directed by Erika Lust, ( LUST FILMS 2010). The 6 minute long film tells the enigmatic story of Venus and her multiple personalities: an evil dominatrix and her submissive slave who doesn’t hesitate to tie her up when she misbehaves; a strict French teacher and her disobedient student who gets spanked when she isn’t able to learn her lesson; an unpleasant housewife and her exploited housekeeper, who is sick of cleaning up after her boss.
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