The Movie Musical!

About the Author: Jeanine Basinger

Jeanine Basinger holds a BS and MS from South Dakota State University She is a film historian, professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University and curator and founder of The Cinema Archives at Wesleyan University In addition, she is a trustee emeritus of the American Film Institute, a member of the Steering Committee of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation, and one of the Board


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  • Hardcover
  • 656 pages
  • The Movie Musical!
  • Jeanine Basinger
  • English
  • 24 September 2017
  • 9781101874066

The Movie Musical! Irresistible And Authoritative, The Movie Musicalis An In Depth Look At The Singing, Dancing, Happy Making World Of Hollywood Musicals, Beautifully Illustrated In Color And Black And White An Essential Text For Anyone Who S Ever Laughed, Cried, Or Sung Along At The MoviesLeading Film Historian Jeanine Basinger Reveals, With Her Trademark Wit And Zest, The Whole Story Of The Hollywood Musical In The Most Telling, Most Incisive, Most Detailed, Most Gorgeously Illustrated Book Of Her Long And Remarkable Career From Fred Astaire, Whom She Adores, To La La Land, Which She Deplores, Basinger Examines A Dazzling Array Of Stars, Strategies, Talents, And Innovations In The History Of Musical Cinema Whether Analyzing A Classic Gene Kelly Routine, Relishing A Nelson Jeanette Operetta, Or Touting A Dynamic Hip Hop Number In The Underrated Idlewild , She Is A Canny And Charismatic Guide To The Many Ways That Song And Dance Have Been Seen And Heard On Film With Extensive Portraits Of Everyone From Al Jolson, The Jazz Singer To Doris Day, Whose Iconic Sunniness Has Overshadowed Her Dramatic Talents From Deanna Durbin, That Lovable Teen Star Of The S And S To Shirley T And Judy G From Bing To Frank To Elvis From Ann Miller To Ann Margret From Disney To Chicago Focusing On Many Beloved, Iconic Films Top Hat Singin In The Rain Meet Me In St Louis The Sound Of Music As Well As Unduly Obscure Gems Eddie Cantor S Whoopee Murder At The Vanities Sun Valley Serenade One From The Heart , This Book Is Astute, Informative, And Pure Pleasure To Read

10 thoughts on “The Movie Musical!

  1. Jeff J. says:

    A comprehensive and well researched history of movie musicals Rather than tackle the subject chronologically the structure was thematic By bundling the topic by subject dancers, duos, studios, etc certain figures showed up repeatedly the author really likes Fred Astaire Others were barely mentioned, I would have liked on the Nicolas Brothers, for example The contributions of Disney and other animated films are mentioned briefly, almost an afterthought While she was scrupulous about documenting her sources with footnotes I wish the book had included an index.

  2. Niamh says:

    This is an extensive, hugely in depth exploration of the Hollywood movie musical spanning from its iterations at the birth of the sound era to the decades that many people saw it s death, low level popularity and then eventually, re birth in the twentieth century And whilst I really enjoyed reading this stupidly long book, I had one main issue with it The movie musical is a very expansive genre even the author notes that it s ninety years and thousands of films and any attempt to cover every corner and element of it is setting yourself up to fail Because Basinger is attempting to cast a wide net, things slip through the cracks Certain elements people, movies, directors are discussed at great length when their importance is minimal It s impossible to cover everything and so it feels as though this book is missing something Hence why I couldn t give it five stars.

  3. Mjspice says:

    As a big Gene Kelly fan, the cover was the whole reason why I even picked this up lol.It s quite dense with a few images but overall informative on its subject I was kinda surprised to see that some old songs were actually covers Elvis Are You Lonesome Tonight , Good Morning from Singin In the Rain and the now infamous Baby It s Cold Outside which was originally a Esther Williams number I also didn t know that A Star is Born had been remade 3 times before The only reason why this doesn t get 5 stars is because they relegated racism and cultural appropriation as footnotes They do try to make it up with a chapter on African American performers but I feel it s too late by then Other than that it s a good extensive research on American musicals.

  4. Michael Sparrow says:

    This is a weighty and consequential history of the musical film Basinger covers a lot of ground and goes into a good deal of detail of many stars and trends It s not perfect, Basinger focuses on a couple of stars at too great a length and there are a couple of annoying if minor errors Her section on B movie musicals is fairly superficial But all in all, it s a very worthwhile read, she mentions a few musicals mostly recent that I haven t seen and now badly want to It s not at all dull and very gracefully written Recommended

  5. Liz says:

    Warning, this is a long book, but that being said it is a very interesting one The author takes a deep look at musicals especially on screen what does and does not make them work why and how some performers make it work no matter the quality of the material really make it work if there is quality writing directing producing involved.

  6. Lisa says:

    I was wondering if this book had photos and if I purchased a kindle copy would the photos be included

  7. Beth Tilley says:

    For those of you enthralled by musicals and their history, this book is for you It is filled with information, history and photographs from then and now.