Hollywood Musicals, the Film Reader / Edition 1

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Hollywood Musicals, The Film Reader explores one of the most popular genres in film history. Combining classic and recent articles, each section explores a central issue of the musical, including the musical's significance as a genre, the musical's own particular representation of sexual difference, the idea of camp, both through stars such as Judy Garland and Carmen Miranda and musicals themselves, and the displacement of race in Hollywood's representations of entertainment. Each section features an editor's introduction setting debates in context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415235594
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/29/2001
  • Series: In Focus: Routledge Film Readers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Musicals of the Studio Era 1
Pt. 1 Generic Forms 17
1 Entertainment and Utopia 19
2 The Self-reflective Musical and the Myth of Entertainment 31
3 The American Film Musical as Dual-Focus Narrative 41
4 Busby Berkeley and the Backstage Musical 53
Pt. 2 Gendered Spectacles 63
5 Sexual Economics: Gold Diggers of 1933 65
6 Pre-text and Text in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 77
7 "Feminizing" the Song-and-Dance Man: Fred Astaire and the Spectacle of Masculinity in the Hollywood Musical 87
Pt. 3 Camp Interventions 103
8 Judy Garland and Camp 107
9 "Working Like a Homosexual": Camp Visual Codes and the Labor of Gay Subjects in the MGM Freed Unit 115
10 Feminist Camp in Gold Diggers of 1933 129
11 "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat": Carmen Miranda, A Spectacle of Ethnicity 143
Pt. 4 Racial Displacements 155
12 Dancin' in the Rain 157
13 New Deal Blackface 175
14 Beautiful White Bodies 183
Select Bibliography 195
Index 201
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