Download e-book for kindle: American Film Musical Themes and Forms by Michael Dunne

By Michael Dunne

The musical has been referred to as “the preferred kind of leisure within the world.” This paintings examines the topics, subject matters, and modern relevance of Hollywood musicals via their lengthy reputation, putting each one exhibit in historic and political context and studying it in detail.
A bankruptcy is dedicated to how Golddiggers of 1933 (1933) and Stand Up and Cheer (1934) take care of the commercial crises of the Depressions. one other addresses race matters by means of studying the superiority of blackface minstrelsy within the Thirties and Forties, productions like Swing Time (1936) and Dixie (1943). Rock and roll tradition, which begun within the Fifties and threatened the US with teenage intercourse and uprising, is addressed via such hits as Girl Crazy (1943), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), and Grease (1978).
The paintings additionally explores dance as a signifier of personality, the geography of musicals (such as manhattan or “the South”), fable settings, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, and the musical biopic (mentioning biographies of such figures as Ziegfeld, Cohan, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern). A later bankruptcy discusses intertextuality in such exhibits as Singin’ within the Rain (1952), which refers to many past musicals; Kiss Me Kate (1953) which refers to Taming of the Shrew; and All That Jazz (1970) which refers back to the lifestyles and paintings of Bob Fosse. The paintings concludes with an exam of the ongoing acclaim for the musical with such hits as Moulin Rouge (2001) and Chicago (2002).
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