The way their atmosphere was perfect without any extra sound.
In cinema, music often serves as a powerful tool to enhance emotion, create atmosphere, and guide storytelling. However, there are many cases where filmmakers have deviated from this conventional approach and created unique cinematic experiences by eliminating music altogether.
Here are 5 notable films that boldly decided to forgo soundtracks and explore the impact silence has on storytelling.
5. No Homeland for Old Men (2007)
This adaptation of the Coen brothers’ Cormac McCarthy novel is a masterful use of minimalism in both its storytelling and sound design. The absence of a soundtrack allows the film’s natural sounds, such as footsteps and gunfire, to become a central element of the film.
The intentional silence also emphasizes the tension and suspense of the cat-and-mouse game between the characters and makes the viewer acutely aware of the meaning of each moment.
4. Beyond the Hills (2012)
Beyond the Hills is a Romanian film that tells the story of orphaned Alina and Voichita, whose deep relationship is tested when Voichita enters a monastery.
The lack of background music adds to the excitement of the film, highlighting the deterioration of their relationship, while the emotional impact of the musical orphan story makes the ending of the film more emotional.
3. White Ribbon (2009)
This unflinching nihilistic war movie might appeal to some audiences because of its dark tones. Set in a German village in the 1960s, the film reveals disturbing events that disrupt the superficial order of the community and explores the darkness of humanity and authoritarianism.
Director Michael Haneke’s black and white cinematography and lack of orchestral cues focus on images and complex character relationships, immersing the viewer in the atmosphere of the times and creating an immersive experience. Unique cinematic experience.
2. Birds (1963)
Alfred Hitchcock’s infamous horror classic is notable for its lack of traditional scores. As the terrifying presence of birds pervades a small seaside town, the absence of music in this film adds to the eerie and unsettling atmosphere.
Only the screams and cries of the townspeople, the heightened tension, making the bird attack more jarring and terrifying, contributing to the film’s lasting impact.
1. Tribe (2014)
Written and directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, this Ukrainian crime drama is set in a school for the deaf with a hidden criminal hierarchy after the protagonist joins a gang. Organized crime controls schools.
Relying solely on sign language to communicate without subtitles, the film is fairly quiet, with no background music or even dialogue.