Sound Analysis of “Respect The Cock Tame The Cunt Scene” from Magnolia

By MLNobre

This scene from Magnolia is great and has a genius bit of sound mixing.

Tom Cruise’s character is making a grandiose entrance to the sound of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra”.

The music plays one final glorious chord.

Then, just a few seconds shy from its natural ending, the music is cut off abruptly into silence. And immediately after that, we hear the most pathetic sound of a curtain dropping.

These two sound decisions are simply genius! So simple and subtle. and yet they clearly make the audience know that the big, triumphant entrance of Frank T.J. Mackie was nothing but a gimmick and let us feel just how decadent and depraved that seminar really is. That is confirmed a few seconds later when he opens his mouth and says “respect the cock and tame the cunt”.

Someone had to make these sound decisions at one point. Sure, it could have been done differently, but I believe this approach was the only REAL way it could ever be done.