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The Movie Musical!

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Irresistible and authoritative, The Movie Musical! is 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 movies.

Leading film historian Jeanine Basinger reveals, with her trademark wit and zest, the whole story
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Hardcover, 656 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Niamh
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Jeff J.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A comprehensive and well-researched history of movie musicals. Rather than tackle the subject chronologically the structure was more 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 more on the Nicolas Brothers, for example. The contributions of Disney and other animated films are mentioned briefly, almost an afterthought. While she was ...more
Michael Sparrow
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Liz
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lisa
Nov 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
I was wondering if this book had photos and if I purchased a kindle copy would the photos be included?
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it sucked i hated the book and couldnt even finish reading it please dont read this book i regret it everyobne else is just stupid
Beth Tilley
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
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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 ...more