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In The Space Of A Song-The Uses of Song in Film

Author : Richard Dyer
Master eBook ISBN10: 0203804627
Master eBook ISBN13: 978-0-203-80462-9
No of pages : 224
eBook Price : $41.95
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Originally Published : Oct 14, 2011

Songs take up space and time in films. Richard Dyer's In the Space of a Song takes off from this perception, arguing that the way songs take up space indicates a great deal about the songs themselves, the nature of the feelings they present, and who is allowed to present feelings how, when and where. In the Space of a Song explores this perception through a range of examples, from classic MGM musicals to blaxploitation cinema, with the career of Lena Horne providing a turning point in the cultural dynamics of the feeling.

Chapters include:

  • The perfection of Meet Me in St. Louis
  • A Star Is Born and the construction of authenticity
  • 'I seem to find the happiness I seek': Heterosexuality and dance in the musical
  • The space of happiness in the musical
  • Singing prettily: Lena Horne in Hollywood
  • Is Car Wash a musical?
  • Music and presence in blaxploitation cinema

In the Space of a Song is ideal for both scholars and students of film studies.

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