Chapter 4 shows that repeated watching of movies gave rise to their reenactment, with music conjuring up memorable scenes and spurring attempts by habitual spectators to replay them in real life. Film music catalyzed mnemonic innervation—a variant of the "mimetic innervation" Walter Benjamin saw as a vital effect of cinema by turning viewers' minds and bodies into audiovisual recording and playback devices. Case studies focus on a subgenre of films in which canonical movies have become part of people's lives by supplying them with plot elements, dialogue, and music: Play it Again, Sam (1972) as inspired by "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca (1942); The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) as framed by "Cheek to Cheek" from Top Hat (1935); and Sleepless in Seattle (1993) as cued by Hugo Friedhofer score from An Affair to Remember (1957). The phenomenon of such music-driven auratic replay supports to Benjamin’s claim that cinema reconfigured the experience of reality by activating viewers' mimetic and mnemonic capabilities (Miriam Hansen). Amid a rapidly growing consumption of movies, film music has thus come to fulfill an important role in linking cultural and individual memory by blurring the boundary between soundtracks of films and the soundtracks of life.
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