Destabilizing the Hollywood Musical Music, Masculinity and Mayhem

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-11-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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A critical survey of Hollywood film musicals from the 1960s to the present. This book examines how, in the post-studio system era, cultural, industrial and stylistic circumstances transformed this once happy-go-lucky genre into one both fluid and cynical enough to embrace the likes ofRocky Horrorand pave the way forCannibal!andMoulin Rouge!.

Author Biography

Kelly Kessler is Assistant Professor of Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University, Chicago, USA. Her work on gender, genre, and sexuality has appeared in publication such as Film Quarterly, Televising Queer Women, American Masculinities, and The New Queer Aesthetic on Television.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: The Musical and Masculinity Take a Turn for the Ambivalentp. 1
How did this all happen?-Theoretical, formal, and industrial rootsp. 10
How the arcadias disappearedp. 23
Nothing Is Comin' Up Roses: The Desertion of Narrative Utopiap. 27
People won't say we're in love-The dissolution of romancep. 32
The state of community and a Utopian futurep. 49
Case study: The narrative of Zoot Suitp. 52
Conclusionp. 58
On a Clear Day You Can See the Cracks in the Scenery: Visual Reflexivity and Realism Trump Nostalgic Idealismp. 60
Camerawork and editing: I can see right through youp. 62
Mise-en-scène: It's the real deal right here in River City-Well maybep. 69
Case study: Tommy's conjunction of ambivalent narrative and aestheticsp. 78
Conclusionp. 85
Wanna Sing and Dance? These New Guys Are Ambivalent About Itp. 87
New stars: They laughed, cried, and tried to punch each other's lights outp. 91
Wanna sing: Ah, I'm ambivalent about itp. 102
Ambivalent dance: We didn't dance all nightp. 112
Case study: Twyla Tharp, rock, no-name stars, and Hairp. 126
Conclusionp. 132
The New Guard's Musical Masculinityp. 133
Performance of masculinity in the arcadian musicalp. 135
Masculine ambivalence is nothing to sing aboutp. 139
Conclusionp. 164
Epilogue: I Could Go On Singingp. 166
Dancing into the millenniump. 168
The groovin' eighties and nineties: Teens and totsp. 169
The millennial upturnp. 180
Conclusionp. 201
p. 204
Notesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 245
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