The Musical - 1958-1980: 7 films per year o Like American...

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The Musical I. Numbers • 1927-1947: 919 films (48 films each year) • 1949-1958: 23 films per year • 1959-1980: 7 films per year II. Themes • Show business: community: the show goes on • High culture, popular culture • Class or position vs. talent, merit • Convention, restraint vs. spontaneity, energy, "the natural" III. History • Revue, Operetta - Love Me Tonight (Rouben Mamoulian, 1932) • Busby Berkeley and Warner Brothers - 42nd Street (1933) • Astaire, Rogers and RKO - Top Hat (1935) • MGM and "the integrated musical" o Singin' in the Rain (Donen and Kelly, 1952) o Arthur Freed (1894-1973): The Freed Unit The Musical ° Numbers o A breakdown: ° 1927-1947: 919 films (48 films each year) ° 1948-1984: 466 films ° 1949-1958: 23 films per year
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Unformatted text preview: 1958-1980: 7 films per year o Like American Westerns, the musical is one of Americas true contributions to film. o Product of studio era, musical was very central to this era, after growth of film, before explosion of television o They coexist without realizing their effects on each other o By 1970s they were having great effects on each other o Musicals are not simply operettas, but from their own cinematic identity o Declining numbers show decline of film as the central means of storytelling o By 70s/80s, no longer a habitual experience o 1949-1958 movies still dominant, but losing strength o After World War II, more skepticism, and musical becomes attributed to pre-war sentiment o After 70s, musicals seen as more experimental in form...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ENG ENG2101 taught by Professor Daveshaaw during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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