The Great White Wail

This piece on Salon details a movie trend that’s been annoying me lately: the repeated soundtrack motif of a vaguely ethnic-sounding female wail. It was there in “Gladiator” and “Passion of the Christ,” and was so omnipresent in the recent “Troy” that I found it a distraction.
Supposedly directors and soundtrack supervisors love the “lone female voice chanting in a nameless tongue, pouring out her melodious lament like a widow over a fresh grave.” But I think it sucks; it makes me want to slit my wrists, if I don’t fall asleep first.

1 thought on “The Great White Wail

  1. Jeff

    What about the “Broter, Where for art thou?” ? Didn’t that movie feature the “woman chant”, and it worked well in that movie. A bit different from what you are talking about, but similar in some ways.


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