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Unformatted text preview: ° 1958-1980: 7 films per year o Like American Westerns, the musical is one of America’s 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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- World War II, Warner Bros., films, Musical film, Arthur Freed, BUSBY BERKELEY