Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 20 September 2020

Abstract and Keywords

The article focuses on the specific historical contributions of filmed musicals and examines selected areas of intersection between stage and screen. The four significant domains of filmed musicals are mise-en-scène covering all aspects of the “look” within the film's frame that include setting, whether specially constructed or found in the everyday world, and lighting, both artificial and natural. Another domain is cinematography that involves three things such as photographic qualities of the shot such as color, hue, speed, perspective, framing, or the way that the borders of the particular image focus viewer attention, particularizing the image, and duration, or “take” that is the length of the camera's view of a specific scene before cutting to another. Another domain is editing that depends on qualities of the mise-en-scène and cinematography. The narrative sound film typically maintains the illusion of reality through deploying its combination of images and sounds so as to seem natural to audiences, whether by directly simulating experienced reality or by following familiar conventions of cinematic storytelling. Musicals adjust the default aesthetic of cinematic realism at nearly every turn, because in musical numbers characters appear to sing and dance their feelings in open violation of the restrained acting fostered by cinematic realism.

Keywords: filmed musicals, cinematography, photographic qualities, framing, editing, narrative sound film

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.