Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema

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From mid-twentieth-century films such as Grand Hotel, Waterloo Bridge, and The Red Shoes to recent box-office hits including Billy Elliot, Save the Last Dance, and The Company, ballet has found its way, time and again, onto the silver screen and into the hearts of many otherwise unlikely audiences. In Dying Swans and Madmen, Adrienne L. McLean explores the curious pairing of classical and contemporary, art and entertainment, high culture and popular culture to reveal the ...
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Overview


From mid-twentieth-century films such as Grand Hotel, Waterloo Bridge, and The Red Shoes to recent box-office hits including Billy Elliot, Save the Last Dance, and The Company, ballet has found its way, time and again, onto the silver screen and into the hearts of many otherwise unlikely audiences. In Dying Swans and Madmen, Adrienne L. McLean explores the curious pairing of classical and contemporary, art and entertainment, high culture and popular culture to reveal the ambivalent place that this art form occupies in American life.

Drawing on examples that range from musicals to tragic melodramas, she shows how commercial films have produced an image of ballet and its artists that is associated both with joy, fulfillment, fame, and power and with sexual and mental perversity, melancholy, and death. Although ballet is still received by many with a lack of interest or outright suspicion, McLean argues that these attitudes as well as ballet's popularity and its acceptability as a way of life and a profession have often depended on what audiences first learned about it from the movies.

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University of Pittsburgh - Lucy Fischer

Aside from cataloguing, describing, and closely reading the plethora of films that comprise the group with which she is concerned, McLean surfaces interesting theoretical issues concerning the genre. This is a unique and original project.
University of Pittsburgh

Aside from cataloguing, describing, and closely reading the plethora of films that comprise the group with which she is concerned, McLean surfaces interesting theoretical issues concerning the genre. This is a unique and original project.

— Lucy Fischer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813542805
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: NA
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author


Adrienne L. McLean is a professor of film studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is the author of numerous books, including Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom (Rutgers University Press).
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Ballet in Tin Cans     1
A Channel for Progress: Theatrical Dance, Popular Culture, and (The) American Ballet     34
The Lot of a Ballerina Is Indeed Tough: Gender, Genre, and the Ballet Film through 1947, Part I     62
The Man Was Mad-But a Genius!: Gender, Genre, and the Ballet Film through 1947, Part II     104
If You Can Disregard the Plot: The Red Shoes in an American Context     133
The Second Act Will Be Quite Different: Cinema, Culture, and Ballet in the 1950s     172
Turning Points: Ballet and Its Bodies in the "Post-Studio" Era     215
Notes     259
Filmography     291
Index     297
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