Debureau effect

The Debureau effect is resulting from the voluntary mutism of a character. It is the spectators’ expectation to hear the sound of his voice.


  • Viewer’s active desire in hearing the mute’s voice.
  • Viewer might be disappointed in hearing the mute’s voice (imagined vs. real voice).

Related inductor effect: Mutism

 (Chion, 1999)

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