Astaire - There was a lack of psychological depth and...

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Astaire, Kelly, Fosse I. Astaire vs. Kelly II. Singin' in the Rain • Self-consciousness: an encyclopedia of musical history • Key themes • The place of song and dance III. Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972) • Beyond genre: the end of Hollywood • Fosse's career: the inheritor • Weimar Germany and America in the late 1960s • Style: mise en scène and montage • Texture: multiplicity • Musical numbers: true integration • Key themes: innocence, history, the limits of satire Film viewing tonight: Donen, Stanley, and Gene Kelly. Singin’ in the Rain . 1952. ° The integrated musical – this is what they called it at the time o Even to the people making these films, it became clear that there was a certain discontinuity between the energy of the production numbers and the lack of interesting character or plot
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Unformatted text preview: There was a lack of psychological depth and complexity Remember the dance scene we saw from Top Hat Metaphor for mutual sex and shared desire The audience might not have explicitly noticed this symbolism, but they did process it on another level o Arthur Freed Began his career as a lyricist Became executive producer of over 33 MGM films, and they included all the great musicals of this period He assembled an enormous unit of performer, choreographers, directors, that was unrivaled Busby Berkeley was in this unit It included all the most distinguished people He made character and story as interesting as the musical numbers He integrated the musical numbers into the rest of the story, so that the plot didnt just stop and then start again whenever there was a song...
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