In The Space Of A Song: The Uses of Song in Film

In The Space Of A Song: The Uses of Song in Film

by Richard Dyer
     
 

Songs take up space and time in films. Richard Dyer's In the Space of a Song takes off from this perception, arguing that the way songs take up space indicates a great deal about the songs themselves, the nature of the feelings they present, and who is allowed to present feelings how, when and where. In the Space of a Song explores this perception

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Songs take up space and time in films. Richard Dyer's In the Space of a Song takes off from this perception, arguing that the way songs take up space indicates a great deal about the songs themselves, the nature of the feelings they present, and who is allowed to present feelings how, when and where. In the Space of a Song explores this perception through a range of examples, from classic MGM musicals to blaxploitation cinema, with the career of Lena Horne providing a turning point in the cultural dynamics of the feeling.

Chapters include:

  • The perfection of Meet Me in St. Louis
  • A Star Is Born and the construction of authenticity
  • ‘I seem to find the happiness I seek’: Heterosexuality and dance in the musical
  • The space of happiness in the musical
  • Singing prettily: Lena Horne in Hollywood
  • Is Car Wash a musical?
  • Music and presence in blaxploitation cinema

In the Space of a Song is ideal for both scholars and students of film studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415223744
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/19/2011
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction Something about singing; No musicals: Italian cinema; All musicals: Hindi cinema Chapter 2. The Perfection of Meet Me in St. Louis Chapter 3. A Star Is Born and the Construction of Authenticity Chapter 4. ‘I Seem to Find the Happiness I Seek’: Heterosexuality and Dance in the Musical Chapter 5. The Space of Happiness in the Musical Chapter 6. Singing Prettily: Lena Horne in Hollywood Chapter 7. Is Car Wash a Musical? Chapter 8. Music and Presence in Blaxploitation Cinema

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