Great American Songbook

The Great American Songbook

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Director: Andrew Kuehn

Cast: Andrew Kuehn, Michael Feinstein

     
 

Michael Feinstein hosts The Great American Songbook, a documentary about some of the most important American songs and songwriters from the first half of the 20th century. The film arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is impressively rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible.…  See more details below

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Michael Feinstein hosts The Great American Songbook, a documentary about some of the most important American songs and songwriters from the first half of the 20th century. The film arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is impressively rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Feinstein and a vintage musical short not included in the film. This is a great disc that is highly recommended to those with an interest in he subject matter.

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Produced for PBS's Great Performances series and narrated by New York cabaret favorite Michael Feinstein, The Great American Songbook overflows with standards, all culled from movies produced between the 1930s and the early post-WWII era. Paying homage to the pantheon of popular tunesmiths, the program offers full-song clips featuring such legendary performers as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, Ethel Merman, Lena Horne, and Fred Astaire. All the great composers and lyricists are represented: George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and others. A treasure trove surveying melodic gems from the Gilded Age to the heyday of Broadway and beyond, this is one songbook you'll open again and again.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
UPC:
0085393738525
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:55:00
Sales rank:
5,677

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Michael Feinstein; Vintage musical short ; A new romance of celluloid: We Must Have Music ; Interactive menus ; Scene access; Subtitles in English, Français, and Español

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction
2. Minstrel Shows
3. Spirituals
4. Ragtime
5. Blues and Jazz
6. Publishing and Recording
7. Operetta; Friml
8. Kern and Berlin
9. World War I
10. Gershwin
11. Show Boat
12. Ziegfeld Legacy
13. Rodgers and Hart
14. Carmichael and Waller
15. Depression; Warren and Dubin
16. Arlen, Duke and Fields
17. Porter
18. Depression Recovery
19. 1930s Recap
20. Hollywood Stampede
21. Pal Joey
22. Hitman Harry
23. Freed/Brown and Harburg
24. Team Gershwin
25. World War II
26. Big Bands and Boogie
27. War on Their Minds
28. Styne and Cahn
29. Postwar Optimism
30. New Life for Old Songs
31. Songwriter Biopics
32. Rodgers and Hammerstein
33. Stage to Screen
34. Loesser and More Berlin
35. A Star Is Born
36. Rock 'n' Roll
37. Tradition: As Time Goes By
38. End Credits

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The Great American Songbook 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What's great about this show is that the producers decided to show us the WHOLE clips from some great old Hollywood movies. The writing is great, not stupid or serious and all that inside information about the songwriters is just fantastic. This may be the best of this kind of documentary I've ever seen.
PeachesPup More than 1 year ago
I can, and have, viewed this American musical documentary many, many times and I am always greatly entertained and also informed about our American musical history! If you love music and the stories behind the music, you will love this DVD!!!