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Dangerous RhythmWhy Movie Musicals Matter$
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Richard Barrios

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199973842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.001.0001

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The Art of the Possible

The Art of the Possible

(p.98) Chapter 5 The Art of the Possible
Dangerous Rhythm

Richard Barrios

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the creators—or authors—of musical film, from directors to producers and choreographers. These include old-pro movie professionals like Michael Curtiz and those totally unsuited such as Cecil B. DeMille and producer David O. Selznick, and even the stage professional Joshua Logan. More successful stage newcomers include Rouben Mamoulian, Vincente Minnelli, Rob Marshall, and the daring choreographer Jack Cole. Producers Arthur Freed and (especially) Joe Pasternak made a specialty of musicals, to greater and lesser effect. The chapter ends by looking at the various audacities of Busby Berkeley and Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!), and creator/stars Gene Kelly (Invitation to the Dance) and John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch).

Keywords:   musical film producers, dance on film, Vincente Minnelli, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, David O. Selznick, Rouben Mamoulian, Jack Cole, Barbra Streisand

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