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This chapter begins the move in the book from its focus on impossibility to the remediated aesthetic possibility that lies in the combination of word and music. It considers the role that music plays in Hitchcock’s Rope, where one of the murderers also is a concert pianist, and in Strangers on a Train (based on a Patricia Highsmith novel), where music fills the fairground scene of murder. This possibility manifests itself as a music that never stops, and thereby suggests something else that accompanies the constraints of life and its impossible, mortal plots. The chapter also discusses the role of...

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