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The American film musical

Author: Rick Altman
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1987.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Altman, Rick, 1945-
American film musical.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1987
(OCoLC)568000830
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rick Altman
ISBN: 025330413X 9780253304131
OCLC Number: 13861264
Description: x, 386 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: An introduction to the theory of genre analysis. General discourse on meaning ; The role of generic formations in meaning production ; The role of the critic ; Toward objective evaluation of subjective criticism ; Establishing a corpus --
The American film musical as dual-focus narrative --
The structure of the American film musical. The film progresses through a series of paired segments matching the male and female leads ; Each separate part of the film recapitulates the film's overall duality ; The basic sexual duality overlays a secondary dichotomy ; The marriage which resolves the primary (sexual) dichotomy also mediates between the two terms of the secondary (thematic) opposition --
The style of the American film musical. Audio dissolve ; Video dissolve ; Personality dissolve --
The problem of genre history. Problems with current terminology ; Towards a new terminology ; Defining the corpus ; Reformulating genre history ; The history of the American film musical : a new approach --
The fairy tale musical. Prehistory ; Sex as sex ; Sex as battle ; Sex as adventure --
The show musical. The sources of show musical semantics ; Backstage : the syntax of illusion ; Taking it out of the theater ; Saving the dying myth : reflexivity as reinforcement --
The folk musical. Elements of the folk musical ; Building a folk syntax ; A folk art in the age of mass media --
Genre and culture. The fundamental characteristics of genre film ; Symbolic spectatorship ; Work and entertainment ; The musical's operational role ; The practice of music in the age of electronic reproduction.
Responsibility: Rick Altman.

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