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The Resource Music in the shadows : noir musical films, Sheri Chinen Biesen

Music in the shadows : noir musical films, Sheri Chinen Biesen

Label
Music in the shadows : noir musical films
Title
Music in the shadows
Title remainder
noir musical films
Statement of responsibility
Sheri Chinen Biesen
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Smoke. Shadows. Moody strains of jazz. Welcome to the world of "noir musical" films, where tormented antiheroes and hard-boiled musicians battle obsession and struggle with their music and ill-fated love triangles. Sultry divas dance and sing the blues in shrouded nightclubs. Romantic intrigue clashes with backstage careers. In her pioneering study, Music in the Shadows, film noir expert Sheri Chinen Biesen explores musical films that use film noir style and bluesy strains of jazz to inhabit a disturbing underworld and reveal the dark side of fame and the American Dream. While noir musical films like A Star Is Born include musical performances, their bleak tone and expressionistic aesthetic more closely resemble the visual style of film noir. Their narratives unfold behind a stark noir lens: distorted, erratic angles and imbalanced hand-held shots allow the audience to experience a tortured, disillusioned perspective.While many musicals glamorize the quest for the spotlight in Hollywood's star factory, brooding noir musical films such as Blues in the Night, Gilda, The Red Shoes, West Side Story, and Round Midnight stretch the boundaries of film noir and the musical as film genres collide. Deep shadows, dim lighting, and visual composition evoke moodiness, cynicism, pessimism, and subjective psychological points of view. As in her earlier study of film noir, Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir, Biesen draws on extensive primary research in studio archives to situate her examination within a historical, industrial, and cultural context"--Publisher description
  • Smoke. Shadows. Moody strains of jazz. Welcome to the world of "noir musical" films, where tormented antiheroes and hard-boiled musicians battle obsession and struggle with their music and ill-fated love triangles. Sultry divas dance and sing the blues in shrouded nightclubs. Romantic intrigue clashes with backstage careers. In her pioneering study, Music in the Shadows, film noir expert Sheri Chinen Biesen explores musical films that use film noir style and bluesy strains of jazz to inhabit a disturbing underworld and reveal the dark side of fame and the American Dream. While noir musical films like A Star Is Born include musical performances, their bleak tone and expressionistic aesthetic more closely resemble the visual style of film noir. Their narratives unfold behind a stark noir lens: distorted, erratic angles and imbalanced hand-held shots allow the audience to experience a tortured, disillusioned perspective. While many musicals glamorize the quest for the spotlight in Hollywood's star factory, brooding noir musical films such as Blues in the Night, Gilda, The Red Shoes, West Side Story, and Round Midnight stretch the boundaries of film noir and the musical as film genres collide. Deep shadows, dim lighting, and visual composition evoke moodiness, cynicism, pessimism, and subjective psychological points of view. As in her earlier study of film noir, Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir, Biesen draws on extensive primary research in studio archives to situate her examination within a historical, industrial, and cultural context --Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Biesen, Sheri Chinen
Dewey number
791.43/657
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.F54
LC item number
B535 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Musical films
  • Film noir
  • Jazz in motion pictures
Label
Music in the shadows : noir musical films, Sheri Chinen Biesen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The noir musical -- Preludes to the noir musical -- Blues in the night: the noir musical on the brink of World War II -- Smoky melodies: jazz noir musical drama -- Le rouge et le noir: from The red shoes to A star is born -- Dark musical melodrama: from Young at heart to West Side story -- The legacy of the noir musical
Control code
855362580
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 210 pages
Isbn
9781421408385
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013027717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)855362580
Label
Music in the shadows : noir musical films, Sheri Chinen Biesen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The noir musical -- Preludes to the noir musical -- Blues in the night: the noir musical on the brink of World War II -- Smoky melodies: jazz noir musical drama -- Le rouge et le noir: from The red shoes to A star is born -- Dark musical melodrama: from Young at heart to West Side story -- The legacy of the noir musical
Control code
855362580
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 210 pages
Isbn
9781421408385
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013027717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)855362580

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