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Rick Altman, American Film Musical Chapter 3—Structure of the American Musical All genre films are about “redemption in some way.” (from the conclusion) Remember this from Chapter 2: “Seen as a cultural problem-solving device, the musical takes on a new and fascinating identity. Society is defined by a fundamental paradox: both terms of the oppositions on which it is built (order/liberty, progress/stability, work/entertainment, and so forth) are seen as desirable, yet the terms are perceived as mutually exclusive. Every society possesses texts which obscure this paradox, prevent it from appearing threatening, and thus assure the society’s stability. The musical is one of the most important types of text to serve this function in American life. By reconciling terms previously seen as mutually exclusive, the musical succeeds in reducing an unsatisfactory paradox to a more workable configuration, a concordance of opposites. Chapter 3:
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course SLS 492 taught by Professor Swenson during the Winter '11 term at BYU.

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