The Movie Musical

Spotlighting iconic musicals like Singin’ in the Rain and La La Land alongside smaller films like La Bamba, Once, and Dancer in the Dark, this book demonstrates the flexibility and durability of the genre, as it takes steps to preserve ...

Author: Desirée J. Garcia

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9781978803800

Category: Performing Arts

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The movie musical is often regarded as a classic Hollywood genre whose heyday was long in the past. In reality, however, musicals remain a vital part of both Hollywood and world cinema, and the genre continues to evolve in fascinating ways. Spotlighting iconic musicals like Singin’ in the Rain and La La Land alongside smaller films like La Bamba, Once, and Dancer in the Dark, this book demonstrates the flexibility and durability of the genre, as it takes steps to preserve its relevance for new generations and new cultures. Putting Asian and European movie musicals in conversation with their Hollywood counterparts, it examines how the genre references its own history while mediating between a nostalgic impulse and an embrace of new technologies. It also challenges stereotypes of the musical as merely a form of escapism by examining how many of these films engage with social issues and foreground the experiences of women, immigrants and people of color. This broad-ranging study of the genre helps to explain why the movie musical still gets audiences across the world tapping their feet and singing along.

The Movie Musical

; Murder at the Vanities; Sun Valley Serenade; One from the Heart), this book is astute, informative, and pure pleasure to read.

Author: Jeanine Basinger

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 9781101874073

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 656

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Irresistible and authoritative, The Movie Musical! is an in-depth look at the singing, dancing, happy-making world of Hollywood musicals, beautifully illustrated in color and black-and-white--an essential text for anyone who's ever laughed, cried, or sung along at the movies. Leading film historian Jeanine Basinger reveals, with her trademark wit and zest, the whole story of the Hollywood musical--in the most telling, most incisive, most detailed, most gorgeously illustrated book of her long and remarkable career. From Fred Astaire, whom she adores, to La La Land, which she deplores, Basinger examines a dazzling array of stars, strategies, talents, and innovations in the history of musical cinema. Whether analyzing a classic Gene Kelly routine, relishing a Nelson-Jeanette operetta, or touting a dynamic hip hop number (in the underrated Idlewild), she is a canny and charismatic guide to the many ways that song and dance have been seen--and heard--on film. With extensive portraits of everyone from Al Jolson, the Jazz Singer; to Doris Day, whose iconic sunniness has overshadowed her dramatic talents; from Deanna Durbin, that lovable teen-star of the '30s and '40s; to Shirley T. and Judy G.; from Bing to Frank to Elvis; from Ann Miller to Ann-Margret; from Disney to Chicago . . . focusing on many beloved, iconic films (Top Hat; Singin' in the Rain; Meet Me in St. Louis; The Sound of Music) as well as unduly obscure gems (Eddie Cantor's Whoopee!; Murder at the Vanities; Sun Valley Serenade; One from the Heart), this book is astute, informative, and pure pleasure to read.

Listen to Movie Musicals Exploring a Musical Genre

theme in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) musicals, as it was included in several of
the studio's movies in the 1950s. Credit for including music in the actual
soundtrack of a film has to go to the 1932 movie Love Me Tonight. This film
featured ...

Author: James E. Perone

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440869723

Category: Music

Page: 235

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Listen to Movie Musicals! Exploring a Musical Genre provides an overview of musical theater on film for fans of the genre, with a focus on 50 must-hear musicals featured in movies. Listen to Movie Musicals! Exploring a Musical Genre includes an overview of musical theatre and movie musicals in the United States. The 50 movies chosen for critical analysis include many of the best-known film musicals of the past and present; however, the list also includes several important movie musicals that were popular successes that are not necessarily on the "best-of" lists in other books. This volume also includes a greater focus on the actual music of movie musicals than do most other books, making it a stand-out title on the topic for high school and college readers. Like the other books in this series, this volume includes a background chapter followed by a chapter that contains 50 important essays on must-hear movie musicals of approximately 1,500 words each. Chapters on the impact of movie musicals on popular culture and the legacy of movie musicals further explain the impact of both the movies and their songs. Provides readers with an overview history of musicals and movie musicals in the United States Offers critical analysis of 50 must-hear and must-see movie musicals, including some less commonly known Examines the distinctions between movie musicals and their live, stage versions Discusses the pop culture impact of some of the great movie musicals and their songs

A Pictorial History of the Movie Musical

Surveys the development of film musicals from the Jazz Singer to West Side Story and describes the careers of stars, such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Julie Andrews, and Dick Powell

Author: John Springer

Publisher: Book Sales

ISBN: 0890095264

Category: Music

Page: 256

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Surveys the development of film musicals from the Jazz Singer to West Side Story and describes the careers of stars, such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Julie Andrews, and Dick Powell

Sunset Boulevard

A companion to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical features archival photographs from the original film, memorabilia, material from interviews with Billy Wilder, Lloyd Webber, and others, as well as the libretto

Author: George C. Perry

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

ISBN: 0805029273

Category: Music

Page: 169

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A companion to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical features archival photographs from the original film, memorabilia, material from interviews with Billy Wilder, Lloyd Webber, and others, as well as the libretto

Lullabies of Hollywood

Through interviews with many of the leading lyricists, aided by years of research, the authors provide a survey of the leading popular and theme songs written exclusively for Hollywood--from sheet music for silent movies through ...

Author: Richard Fehr

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015029978700

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 366

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Through interviews with many of the leading lyricists, aided by years of research, the authors provide a survey of the leading popular and theme songs written exclusively for Hollywood--from sheet music for silent movies through contemporary soundtracks--concentrating on both the music and its role in the development of the movie musical. Also discussed are the writers and stars.

Hollywood Movie Musicals

The movie did not do nearly as well in Great Britain (as might have been
expected), but Australian results were ... The lovely and somnalescent Hedy
Lamarr made her only musical appearance, here with co-stars Lana Turner and
Judy ...

Author: John Howard Reid

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781411697621

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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When most people think of movie musicals, films like "Singin' in the Rain", "Sound of Music", "The Red Shoes", "On the Town", "White Christmas", "Ziegfeld Follies", "Top Hat", "Funny Face" and "Funny Girl" immediately come to mind. Such films are included in this book, as are many of the works of major stars, including Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Betty Grable, Shirley Temple, Julie Andrews, Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Alice Faye, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Nelson Eddy, Doris Day, Dick Powell, Betty Hutton, Eleanor Powell, and Al Jolson. But attention is also drawn to less lavishly produced but very pleasant musical offerings from both major and minor studios (including perhaps the finest "B" musical ever made). In all, 125 pictures are reviewed and detailed with full cast and technical credits, plus songs and musical numbers, awards, release dates and other essential background information.

Film Genre 2000

MARC MILLER lo understand the precarious state of the movie musical in 1998,
one has to travel back to 1964-65. Back then, there came in quick succession
three enormous musical successes, one original (Robert Stevenson's Mary
Poppins ...

Author: Wheeler W. Dixon

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791445135

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 266

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New essays by prominent film scholars address recent developments in American genre filmmaking.

Approaches to the American Musical

From Gold Diggers to Bar Girls : A Selective History of the American Movie
Musical Ralph Willett The musical film is the most representative Hollywood
product , both celebrating myths central to the industry and re - affirming the
position of ...

Author: Robert Lawson-Peebles

Publisher: University of Exeter Press

ISBN: 0859894053

Category: Music

Page: 167

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Most books on the American musical are little more than exercises in nostalgia. The specially commissioned essays that make up Approaches to the American Musical take a different view of the form. Going beyond the common assertion that musicals are simply escapist, these examinations of American stage and film musicals argue that Porgy and Bess, Top Hat, Kiss Me Kate and All That Jazz were popular precisely because they engaged with such important American issues as ethnicity, commerce and international relations.

Musicals in Film A Guide to the Genre

This wide-ranging guide introduces (or reintroduces) readers to movie musicals past and present, enabling them to experience the development of this uniquely American art form—and discover films they'll love.

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440844232

Category: Social Science

Page: 449

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This wide-ranging guide introduces (or reintroduces) readers to movie musicals past and present, enabling them to experience the development of this uniquely American art form—and discover films they'll love. • Shows how the genre developed over time, from the 1920s to the present • Shares fascinating insights about musicals with which the reader is already familiar • Offers information on many lesser-known musicals • Helps readers find film musicals that are similar to those they know and like • Introduces important performers, directors, and songwriters • Includes photographic stills from famous movie musicals

Great Movie Musicals on DVD

OTHER VIEWS: Many critics compared the movie unfavorably with the stage
version and most agreed with me that the fault was primarily the director's. As
Barrie Pattison later wrote to me, “The film is obviously DaCosta's first and shows
the ...

Author: John Howard Reid

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781105860447

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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Over 60 great film musicals from Hollywood's major studios are given detailed treatment, while hundreds more are briefly noted in this comprehensive guide to the best of America's vintage movie musical classics that are now available on DVD.

Hollywood Musicals Year by Year

Not falling under the scope of the survey, however, are documentaries, operas,
westerns with singing cowboys, foreign-language musicals, short subjects, or
silent films, even those with accompanying scores. My admittedly loose criteria
for ...

Author: Stanley Green

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 0634007653

Category: Music

Page: 392

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A chronologically arranged reference book on the Hollywood musical, with each entry including pertinent facts about a film and a brief essay about the plot and production. Includes hundreds of black & white stills.

Film s Musical Moments

'MUSICAL'. Jonathan. Rayner. Two notable Australian feature films of the 1990s
– Muriel's Wedding (1994) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (
1994) – foreground the music of ABBA in self-conscious ways, connecting the ...

Author: Ian Conrich

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748627271

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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The scope of this collection is indicative of the breadth and diversity of music's role in cinema, as is its emphasis on musical contributions to 'non-musical' films. By bringing together chapters that are concerned both with the relationship between performance, music and film and the specificity of national, historical, social, and cultural contexts, Film's Musical Moments will be of equal importance to students of film studies, cultural studies and music. The book is organised into four sections: Music, Film, Culture focuses on cinema representations of music forms; Stars, Performance and Reception explores stars, fan cultures and intertextuality; The Post-Classical Hollywood Musical considers the importance of popular music to contemporary cinema; and Beyond Hollywood looks to specific national contexts.

The Hollywood Musical

Preface to the Second Edition If the traditional Hollywood musical seemed an
archaic art form in 1982 when this book was first published , by 1992 it appeared
positively moribund . Although many of the films persisted as ' classics ' to be ...

Author: Jane Feuer

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253207681

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 154

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". . . both fresh and informed, as well as a pleasure to read." -- Film Quarterly Since 1982, when this book first appeared, the Hollywood musical has undergone a rebirth, with the rise of teen musicals such as Dirty Dancing and Flashdance. In a chapter written especially for this second edition of her well-known study, Jane Feuer shows how this new development in the genre relates to important changes in the cinema audience itself. It is the text for the study of Hollywood musicals.

Astaire Dancing

Examines each of Fred Astaire's thirty-one musicals, provides a detailed analysis of all dance scenes, and describes Astaire's contributions to filmed dance

Author: John E. Mueller

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0394516540

Category: Dance in motion pictures, television, etc

Page: 440

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Examines each of Fred Astaire's thirty-one musicals, provides a detailed analysis of all dance scenes, and describes Astaire's contributions to filmed dance