Wonderful Design: Glamour in the Hollywood Musical

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As one of the most beloved and beguiling genres of entertainment, the film musical wears its style ostentatiously. The genre allows for hyperbolic expression, extravagant sonic and visual decor, and extremely stylized forms of movement and performance. By staging a glittering spectacle, by
releasing a current of lush sentiment, by unveiling a world of elegance and romance, the film musical woos us with patterns, textures, finesse and sensory display.

In this book, author Lloyd Whitesell asks what, exactly, makes film musicals so glamorous. As he argues, glamour projects an aura of ethereality or sophistication by way of suave deportment, sensuous textures, elevated styles, and aesthetically refined effects. Glamour, in other words, is what
unites Cheek to Cheek from Top Hat and the title song from Beauty and the Beast, each a sonic evocation of luxury, sparkle, grace, and finesse. Whitesell redirects our attention from visual cues like sequins and evening gloves to explore how glamour resides in the sonic. Discussing dozens of
musical numbers, analyzing ingenious orchestration, and appraising the distinctive styles of favorite musical stars, Whitesell illuminates fundamental traits of the genre, its aesthetic strategies, and cultural ambitions.

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ISBN-13: 9780190843823
ISBN-10: 0190843829
Pagini: 272
Ilustrații: 62 illustrations; 15 photographs
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.44 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Considering nearly 100 films across time periods, the author analyzes musical numbers in such works as Love Me Tonight (1932), Top Hat (1935), Follow the Fleet (1936), Ziegfeld Follies (1946), The Band Wagon (1953), and Dreamgirls (2006). The inclusion of music examples is a plus. That said, watching the film clip or listening to the song while reading will make the experience even richer. Appropriate for thoseinterested in cinema, music, or their intersection, this book engages a broad range of scholarship and adds valuable insight to the conversation. Summing up: Highly recommended

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Lloyd Whitesell teaches music history in the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. He is the author of The Music of Joni Mitchell, and co-editor of Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity. His published research explores film music, queer biography and aesthetics, whiteness, and modernist culture.