The Songs of Hollywood

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The Songs of Hollywood
From Over the Rainbow to Moon River and Al Jolson to Barbra Streisand, The Songs of Hollywood traces the fascinating history of song in film, both in musicals and in dramatic movies such as High Noon. Well illustrated with 200 film stills, this delightful book sheds much light on some of
Hollywood's best known and loved repertoire, explaining how the film industry made certain songs memorable and highlighting important moments of film history along the way. The book focuses on how the songs were presented in the movies, from early talkies where actors portrayed singers performing
the songs, to the Golden Age in which characters burst into expressive, integral song--not as a performance but as a spontaneous outpouring of feeling. The book looks at song presentation in 1930s classics with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and in 1940s gems with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. The
authors also look at the decline of the genre since 1960, when most original musicals were replaced by film versions of Broadway hits such as My Fair Lady.
Publication Date: 
December 20, 2012