rr-8 - Rick Altman American Musical notes Chapter 9 Genre...

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Rick Altman American Musical notes Chapter 9 Genre & Culture/ Part I A. Intro: 1. At the beginning, established the importance of interpretive community in fixing textual meaning, developing a corpus, definition of a musical, tracing the musical’s history; here he focuses on the “interpretive community” 2. Relationship between “semantic and syntactic” is the site of negotiation between ritual/ideological and Hollywood/audience 3. Hollywood’s industrial (economic) model favors: a. Economy of scale (assembly line, repeated forms and content) b. Locating formulas and structures that will attract consistently large audiences c. Type of formula determined by the size of the group targeted: only the broadest public appeal (lowest common denominator); class d. Audience itself unified by economically motivated Hollywood decision to follow a formula 4. Identification functions differently in genre films: a. usually consider it a connection of self-recognition; “individual spectators recognize some parts of their own bodies, their own lives, their own psyche in the film they are watching” b. individual spectator identification is incomplete for the musical
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