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Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter

Richard Barrios


History, reflection, criticism, and praise all combine to produce this informed, thoughtful, and exuberant look at the musical film. Over its nine-decade history, the musical has gone through stages of plenty and famine, relevance and inconsequence, acclaim and ridicule. Somehow it manages to keep recurring—from Al Jolson to Les Misérables—and finds ways to serve its audiences and learn from (or disregard) its history. From film’s dawn of sound through the Great Depression and World War II, through the age of television and into the rise of the internet, the musical has constantly found ways t ... More

Keywords: musicals, movie musical, American culture, film history, film criticism, popular music, song-and-dance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199973842
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Barrios, author