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

1st Edition

Richard Dyer

Routledge
Published October 12, 2011
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9780415223744 - CAT# RU44966

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Summary

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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