The sounds in the film Dead Poets Society (1989) directed by Peter Weir contribute to the atmosphere and storytelling. There are both diegetic and non-diegetic sounds. The soundtrack of the film was written by the French composer Maurice Jarre. The music blends electronic and acoustic sounds to create an original score, increasing the impact of the scenes on the viewer.

As far as non-diegetic sounds are concerned, the film relies on varied pieces of music that fit the mood and atmosphere of each scene. These sounds provide insight into the characters’ emotions and make the viewers relate more strongly to the action. Diegetic sounds sometimes mingle with non-diegetic sounds for greater effect.

 For instance, in the scene where the boys sneak out of the school for their first Dead Poets Society meeting, the music is suspenseful and dynamic, intercut with diegetic sounds such as owls hooting and flapping their wings. This helps create the atmosphere of anticipation and mystery. It also helps to remind the reader that this is a risky undertaking, which may be dangerous for the boys (00:34:03-00:35:57). The creepy, suspenseful atmosphere is interrupted by Charlie shouting to prank Meeks, ...

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