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In the opening scene from Get Out, we see the character, Andre, walking in what seems to be a sketchy neighborhood late at night and he’s on the phone with somebody. A white car seems to be following him, the music gets louder and louder as he turns the other way to avoid the car, but he then gets kidnapped. The film itself is about a black man who goes for a weekend getaway with his white girlfriend and they end up trying to kidnap and brainwash him. 

The diegetic sounds I picked up were: Talking on the phone, Crickets, Dog barking, Car engine, Wheels screeching. There was no non-diegetic sound. I noticed that the music started off as diegetic, it came from the car and then became non-diegetic (it was both). 

I did some research and the lyrics are “Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga” translating to “listen to your ancestors” serving as a warning to Andre to get out, but then he got kidnapped. The music intensifies the scene and creates an unspoken implication of the situation and for what was about to happen. The music got louder and louder with a crescendo building up that suspense. You can tell because it was really quiet at the beginning of the film, you could hear crickets. Then Andre gets kidnapped and we watch the kidnapper shove Andre in the trunk and drive off, the music keeps playing like nothing ever happened.


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  1. Hello, I also agree with the music from the car being both diegetic and non-diegetic. Also, it was interesting that you added the translation and related it to Andre’s predicament.

  2. I didn’t notice some of the details of the diegetic sounds you picked up on. However, I don’t believe the music is both, as the show tunes music came from the car, however, when the attacker closes his door, the sudden change in music shifts it from diegetic to non diegetic.

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