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Dangerous rhythm : why movie musicals matter

Author: Richard Barrios
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Insightful, witty, as exuberant as its subject matter, this book offers a fresh, revolutionary take on a uniquely American institution: the movie musical. In a book that is at once history, analysis, investigation, and meditation, noted film historian Richard Barrios takes on the entire musical spectrum, from Al Jolson and The Broadway Melody to hip-hop and Les Misérables. Over nine decades, the musical film has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Barrios
ISBN: 9780199973842 0199973849 9780190262617 0190262613
OCLC Number: 859253176
Description: xi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: All that jazz --
Everything's been done before --
Where do they come from (and where do they go?) --
Seeing's believing --
People: from Jolson to Justin in 85 years --
The art of the possible --
Music makes me --
With plenty of money --
I get the neck of the chicken --
Turn on the heat --
Painting the clouds: Snow White, South Park, and other ways to animate a musical --
Under my skin: musicals and race, musicals and sexuality --
Put 'em in a box --
Epilogue: Dream dancing.
Responsibility: Richard Barrios.

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Insightful, exuberant, and witty, Dangerous Rhythm offers a fresh, sometimes revolutionary take on a uniquely American institution: the movie musical. Combining chronicle with critique and analysis,  Read more...

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Over the years, there have been many books written about the American film musical, ranging from the superficial to the academically analytical. Few have the sheer readability - and concentrated Read more...

 
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