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Hymns for the Fallen

Combat Movie Music and Sound After Vietnam

You can learn a lot by listening, as Todd Decker, professor in music and film and media studies, shows in his book “Hymns for the Fallen,” a look at post–Vietnam War ­Hollywood film sound. Films such as “Apocalypse Now,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Platoon” use sound — dialogue, music and sound effects — to let ­audiences encounter what the ­modern American s­oldier went through in war, in an experience both patriotic and memorializing.

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