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‘A Great American Service’: George M. Cohan, the Stage, and the Nation in Yankee Doodle Dandy  

Elizabeth Titrington Craft

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
This chapter looks at the musical biopic Yankee Doodle Dandy. George M. Cohan was still alive when the movie about his life was made and his influence is seen on how it depicts aspects of ... More

‘A Humane, Practical, and Beautiful Solution’: Adaptation and Triangulation in Paint Your Wagon  

Megan Woller

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
This chapter deals with sexuality in the much-maligned film adaptation of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, the least popular of the team’s three 1960s film adaptations (My Fair Lady and ... More

Acting  

Simon Williams

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Nov 2014
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Apr 2015
Acting and singing have often been considered incompatible activities, but most successful operatic performances depend in part on successful acting. Acting in opera is, however, different ... More

American Rhapsody: From Modern to Postmodern in Visual Music  

Judith Zilczer

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Aug 2016
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Jul 2016
The opening decades of the twentieth century saw painters renounce mimetic representation for the formal rigors and spiritual transcendence of visual art divorced from reproduction of the ... More

‘An Elegant Legacy?’: The Aborted Cartoon Adaptation of Finian’s Rainbow  

Danielle Birkett

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
Different issues challenged the screen adaptation of Finian’s Rainbow, which was one of the most successful Broadway musicals of the 1940s but took more than twenty years to be released as ... More

‘And I’ll Sing Once More’: A Historical Overview of the Broadway Musical on the Silver Screen  

Dominic McHugh

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
This chapter outlines some of the key trends in the history of the screen musical adaptation. Noting how Hollywood initially seemed like an exciting prospect for some of the leading ... More

Audiovisual Aesthetics in Contemporary Experimental Film  

Gabriele Jutz

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Aug 2016
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Jul 2016
This chapter maps the territory of the contemporary audiovisual cinematic avant-garde, which arose at the very moment of celluloid’s passage from mass use to obsolescence. It presents films ... More

Audiovisual Palimpsests: Resynchronizing Silent Films with “Special” Music  

Julie Brown

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapterexamines questions about musical scores of silent films. It highlights the ephemeralityof exhibition practices for the silent film and describes the reconstruction and ... More

Auteurship and Agency In Television Music  

Ronald Rodman

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapteroffers a survey of literature and analytical approaches in the study of television music. It explains the distinction between composer-based,auteurist models and agency-oriented ... More

Between Generation and Suspension: Two Modern Audiovisual Modes  

Ruth HaCohen

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Aug 2016
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Jul 2016
The chapter discusses two modes of combining music and moving images that developed in modernism. The first mode, which the author terms generation, relates to a type of animated narrative ... More

Brigadoon and Its Transition to MGM Dance Musical: Adapting a Stage Show for Star Dancers  

Susan Smith

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
This chapter offers an analysis of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse’s contribution to the MGM adaptation of Brigadoon. On the stage, this musical was designed for singers, but the film version ... More

Carol Burnett and the Ends of Variety: Parody, Nostalgia, and Analysis of the American Musical  

Robynn J. Stilwell

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
This chapter examines Hollywood’s great rival, television, in a study of how television adapted the Broadway musical. Rather than looking at conventional stage-to-small-screen adaptations, ... More

Case Studies: Introduction  

Robynn J. Stilwell

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapterintroduces two case studies of film music. These are analyses of the musical scores for Cecil B. DeMille’sThe Ten Commandments and Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys. It suggests that ... More

Classical Music, Virtual Bodies, Narrative Film  

Lawrence Kramer

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapterexamines the connections between music, particularly classical music, and the representation of the human body in narrative films. It evaluates the validity of several relevant ... More

Cole Porter’s List Songs on Stage and Screen  

Cliff Eisen

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
This chapter focuses on Cole Porter’s list songs on stage and screen. In his private life, Porter liked to make lists of things: the chapter uncovers a list made by Porter of things he ... More

The Compilation Soundtrack from the 1960s to the Present  

Julie Hubbert

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapterexamines the film soundtrack compilation from the 1960s to the present. It describes the music video compilation, the compilation by Tower Records, and the digital records of ... More

Composing for Film: Hanns Eisler’s Lifelong Film Music Project  

Peter Schweinhardt, Johannes C. Gall, and Oliver Dahin

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter examines the career of film music composer Hanns Eisler. It explains that Eisler wrote music for films in virtually every year of his adult life and has covered more cultural ... More

Drawing a New Narrative for Cartoon Music  

Daniel Goldmark

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter provides a historical account of animated films and their music. It describes the variety of early studio practices, the centrality of production for music, and the effects of ... More

Electronic Dance Music in the Dubstep Era  

Mike D'Errico

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Jan 2015
The first decade of the 2000s witnessed the transnational proliferation of dubstep, an electronic dance music style that quickly became ubiquitous across media platforms and audiences. This ... More

The Fascinating Moment of Godspell: Its Cinematic Adaptation in the Shadow of Jesus Christ Superstar and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass  

Paul R. Laird

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
This chapter delves into contextual issues on the film version of Godspell, focusing on a small religious revival in American popular culture in the early 1970s. Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, ... More

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