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What Dreams Were Made Of

What Dreams Were Made Of

Author: Sean Griffin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2020

Humphrey Bogart. Abbott and Costello. Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. John Wayne. Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable. Images of these film icons conjure up a unique moment in cinema and history, one of optimism and concern, patriotism and cynicism. What Dreams Were Made Of examines the performers who helped define American cinema in the 1940s, a decade of rapid and repeated upheaval for Hollywood and the United States. Through insightful discussions of key films as well as studio publicity and fan magazines, the essays in this collection analyze how these actors and actresses helped lift spirits during World War II, whether in service comedies, combat films, or escapist musicals. The contributors, all major writers on the stars and movies of this period, also explore how cultural shifts after the war forced many stars to adjust to new outlooks and attitudes, particularly in film noir. Together, they represented the hopes and fears of a nation during turbulent times, enacting on the silver screen the dreams of millions of moviegoers.

Free and Easy?

Free and Easy?

Author: Sean Griffin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2017

A History of the American Musical narrates the evolution of the film musical genre, discussing its influences and how it has come to be defined; the first text on this subject for over two decades, it employs the very latest concepts and research. * The most up-to-date text on the subject, with uniquely comprehensive coverage and employing the very latest concepts and research * Surveys centuries of music history from the music and dance of Native Americans to contemporary music performance in streaming media * Examines the different ways the film musical genre has been defined, what gets counted as a musical, why, and who gets to make that decision * The text is written in an accessible manner for general cinema and musical theatre buffs, whilst retaining theoretical rigour in research * Describes the contributions made to the genre by marginalized or subordinated identity groups who have helped invent and shape the musical

Free and Easy?

Free and Easy?

Author: Sean Griffin Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2017

A History of the American Musical narrates the evolution of the film musical genre, discussing its influences and how it has come to be defined; the first text on this subject for over two decades, it employs the very latest concepts and research. * The most up-to-date text on the subject, with uniquely comprehensive coverage and employing the very latest concepts and research * Surveys centuries of music history from the music and dance of Native Americans to contemporary music performance in streaming media * Examines the different ways the film musical genre has been defined, what gets counted as a musical, why, and who gets to make that decision * The text is written in an accessible manner for general cinema and musical theatre buffs, whilst retaining theoretical rigour in research * Describes the contributions made to the genre by marginalized or subordinated identity groups who have helped invent and shape the musical

What Dreams Were Made Of

What Dreams Were Made Of

Author: Sean Griffin Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2011

Humphrey Bogart. Abbott and Costello. Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. John Wayne. Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable. Images of these film icons conjure up a unique moment in cinema and history, one of optimism and concern, patriotism and cynicism. What Dreams Were Made Of examines the performers who helped define American cinema in the 1940s, a decade of rapid and repeated upheaval for Hollywood and the United States. Through insightful discussions of key films as well as studio publicity and fan magazines, the essays in this collection analyze how these actors and actresses helped lift spirits during World War II, whether in service comedies, combat films, or escapist musicals. The contributors, all major writers on the stars and movies of this period, also explore how cultural shifts after the war forced many stars to adjust to new outlooks and attitudes, particularly in film noir. Together, they represented the hopes and fears of a nation during turbulent times, enacting on the silver screen the dreams of millions of moviegoers.