The Hollywood Film Musical
April 2012, ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell
- Offers a depth of scholarship that will appeal to students and scholars
- Leads a crucial analysis of the cultural context of musicals, particularly the influence of popular music on the genre
- Delves into critical issues behind these films such as race, gender, ideology, and authorship
- Features close readings of canonical and neglected film musicals from the 1930s to the present including: Top Hat, Singin' in the Rain, Woodstock, Gimme Shelter, West Side Story, and Across the Universe
1 Historical Overview 7
2 Critical Overview 38
3 Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) 55
4 Top Hat (1935) 70
5 The Pirate (1948) 85
6 West Side Story (1961) and Saturday Night Fever (1977) 99
7 Woodstock (1970) 116
8 Phantom of the Paradise (1974) 131
9 Pennies from Heaven (1981) and Across the Universe (2007) 146
“Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-and upper-division undergraduates; general readers.” (Choice, 1 November 2012)"Barry Grant gracefully articulates the pleasures of that most joyous of Hollywood’s genres. A must read for anyone who loves musicals and, especially, for those who think they don’t."
-David Desser, University of Illinois
"Elegantly conceived and beautifully illustrated, The Hollywood Film Musical introduces the genre with all its problematic glories. Grant is meticulous as a historian and scrupulous as a cultural critic. Did I mention the beautiful illustrations?"
-Krin Gabbard, Stony Brook University
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