The Movie Musical!

The Movie Musical! Review

Irresistible and authoritative, The Movie Musical! is an in-depth look at the singing, dancing, happy-making world of Hollywood musicals, beautifully illustrated in color and black-and-white--an essential text for anyone who's ever laughed, cried, or sung along at the movies.

Leading film historian Jeanine Basinger reveals, with her trademark wit and zest, the whole story of the Hollywood musical--in the most telling, most incisive, most detailed, most gorgeously illustrated book of her long and remarkable career.
From Fred Astaire, whom she adores, to La La Land, which she deplores, Basinger examines a dazzling array of stars, strategies, talents, and innovations in the history of musical cinema. Whether analyzing a classic Gene Kelly routine, relishing a Nelson-Jeanette operetta, or touting a dynamic hip hop number (in the underrated Idlewild), she is a canny and charismatic guide to the many ways that song and dance have been seen--and heard--on film.
With extensive portraits of everyone from Al Jolson, the Jazz Singer; to Doris Day, whose iconic sunniness has overshadowed her dramatic talents; from Deanna Durbin, that lovable teen-star of the '30s and '40s; to Shirley T. and Judy G.; from Bing to Frank to Elvis; from Ann Miller to Ann-Margret; from Disney to Chicago . . . focusing on many beloved, iconic films (Top Hat; Singin' in the Rain; Meet Me in St. Louis; The Sound of Music) as well as unduly obscure gems (Eddie Cantor's Whoopee!; Murder at the Vanities; Sun Valley Serenade; One from the Heart), this book is astute, informative, and pure pleasure to read.

Title:The Movie Musical!
Edition Language:English

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    The Movie Musical! Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan

    This is not the coffee table book I was expecting. It’s a text heavy book. There were photos, some B & W and some color, but not nearly enough for my taste. Like the author, I grew up on and loved m...

  • Mjspice

    As a big Gene Kelly fan, the cover was the whole reason why I even picked this up lol.It's quite dense with a few images but overall informative on its subject. I was kinda surprised to see that some ...

  • Niamh

    This is an extensive, hugely in-depth exploration of the Hollywood movie musical spanning from its iterations at the birth of the sound era to the decades that many people saw it's death, low-level po...

  • Jeff J.

    A comprehensive and well-researched history of movie musicals. Rather than tackle the subject chronologically the structure was more thematic. By bundling the topic by subject - dancers, duos, studios...

  • Michael Sparrow

    This is a weighty and consequential history of the musical film. Basinger covers a lot of ground and goes into a good deal of detail of many stars and trends. It's not perfect, Basinger focuses on a c...

  • Susan

    This could be considered the definitive book on movie musicals. But, it seems like the author felt the need to include every single musical ever created, often in strings of titles, to meet that requi...

  • Kristin Strong

    If you're looking for a coffee-table book with tons of images from classic movie musicals, this is not the book for you.If you're looking for a book about the inner workings of movie musicals -- what ...

  • Liz

    Warning, this is a long book, but that being said it is a very interesting one. The author takes a deep look at musicals especially on screen; what does and does not make them work; why and how some p...

  • Sarah Wolfe

    This feels like a book written to be the text for a specific college class (not to be confused with an authoritative textbook) rather than a wide-market nonfiction book. It lacks an engaging voice, or...

  • Jennifer

    Pretty thorough book about the history of the American movie musical. Some minor errors keeps me from rating this 5 stars, though. If you love musicals, I recommend it, and take your time with it beca...