OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Wonderful Design: Glamour in the Hollywood Musical

ISBN : 9780190843823

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¥6,688
著者: 
Lloyd Whitesell
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272 ページ
フォーマット
Paperback
サイズ
156 x 235 mm
刊行日
2018年09月
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As one of the most beloved and beguiling genres of entertainment, the film musical wears its style ostentatiously. The genre allows for hyperbolic expression, extravagant sonic and visual décor, and extremely stylized forms of movement and performance. By staging a glittering spectacle, by releasing a current of lush sentiment, by unveiling a world of elegance and romance, the film musical woos us with patterns, textures, finesse and sensory display.

In this book, author Lloyd Whitesell asks what, exactly, makes film musicals so glamorous. As he argues, glamour projects an aura of ethereality or sophistication by way of suave deportment, sensuous textures, elevated styles, and aesthetically refined effects. Glamour, in other words, is what unites "Cheek to Cheek" from Top Hat and the title song from Beauty and the Beast, each a sonic evocation of luxury, sparkle, grace, and finesse. Whitesell redirects our attention from visual cues like sequins and evening gloves to explore how glamour resides in the sonic. Discussing dozens of musical numbers, analyzing ingenious orchestration, and appraising the distinctive styles of favorite musical stars, Whitesell illuminates fundamental traits of the genre, its aesthetic strategies, and cultural ambitions.

目次: 

Acknowledgments
A Note on the Repertoire
I . DISCERNING GLAMOUR
1. Style Modes
2. Concepts and Parameters
II. ARTIFICE
3. A Sonic Lexicon
4. Viewing Patterns
III. ALLURE
5. Tropes of Desire
6. Beautiful Uselessness
IV. ENCHANTMENT
7. Stardust
8. Tricks of the Light
Filmography
Bibliography
Permissions

著者について: 

Lloyd Whitesell teaches music history in the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. He is the author of The Music of Joni Mitchell, and co-editor of Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity. His published research explores film music, queer biography and aesthetics, whiteness, and modernist culture.

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