Singin' in the Rain: The Making of an American Masterpiece by Earl J. Hess, Pratibha A. Dabholkar |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Singin' in the Rain: The Making of an American Masterpiece

Singin' in the Rain: The Making of an American Masterpiece

by Earl J. Hess, Pratibha A. Dabholkar
     
 

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The first comprehensive history of one of the greatest, most famous, and most "American" of all American films. Compulsively readable, richly biographical, and full of anecdotes—on the set and behind the scenes—it places the film firmly within its era and recreates the experience of making a cinematic masterpiece.

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The first comprehensive history of one of the greatest, most famous, and most "American" of all American films. Compulsively readable, richly biographical, and full of anecdotes—on the set and behind the scenes—it places the film firmly within its era and recreates the experience of making a cinematic masterpiece.

Editorial Reviews

Film and History
Captivatingly presented and flawlessly executed.
New York Post
Even the most die-hard Singin' fan is likely to find new facts in this tribute.
Booklist
A great movie deserves a great book, and that's what readers get in this meticulous behind-the-scenes look.
Choice
This is the definitive study of this classic American musical. Highly recommended.
Leonard Maltin's Movie Craze
A valuable, and readable, account that often corrects anecdotal versions told and retold over the years.
Booklist (starred review)
A meticulous, behind-the-scenes look at relationships, decisions, intricacies of how scenes were shot and how dances were choreographed.
Library Journal

Singin' in the Rain is number one on the American Film Institute's list of greatest movie musicals. Loved for the unique, energetic dance routines, the movie still captivates. In this extensively researched book, Hess (Stewart W. McClelland Chair in History, Lincoln Memorial Univ.) and Dabholkar (marketing, Univ. of Tennessee) describe in detail everything from the original concept to the Hollywood premiere in 1952. Using books, articles, dissertations, studio production notes, and other sources, the authors have painstakingly pieced together the history of this classic film, including short biographies of Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. The text is informative but not stimulating; the dance routines are much better on-screen than described in print. Most of the material can be found in works such as Peter Wollen's Singin' in the Rain(excerpts from which appear in this book). Hess and Dabholkar's contribution will be useful for film students and perhaps dance students; however, it probably won't appeal to general audiences. Recommended for college film libraries.
—Rosalind Dayen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700617579
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
05/28/2009
Pages:
346
Sales rank:
1,186,629
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Earl J. Hess is Stewart W. McClelland Chair in History at Lincoln Memorial University. Pratibha A. Dabholkar is Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Tennessee. For more information, view their web site at www.love-and-learning.info.

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