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The Cuckoos

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

Comedy was the most established of all silent-film genres, and as it began to find new bearings in a time of sound, it frequently took on musical trappings. The Marx Bros. led the way, followed by a ... More


“An Ideal Combination”: Berlin, Kaufman and Co., 1920s–30s

Jeffrey Magee

in Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195398267
eISBN:
9780199933358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398267.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

In the 1920s and 1930s, Berlin worked with gifted comedy writers associated with George S. Kaufman. The Cocoanuts (1925), a madcap spoof about the fad for land speculation in Florida, set the tone. ... More


Glottis Envy: The Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera

Lawrence Kramer

in Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520228245
eISBN:
9780520928329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520228245.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Cultural pretension has involved operatic grandiosity throughout movie history. As a genre, grand opera is the father of the movies. Part of the prestige of opera lay in its ability to wed ... More


Try Dancing

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199754298
eISBN:
9780199949878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

The Pan family’s introduction to New York City in the 1920s is luxurious and spectacular but when their money runs out, the members find themselves doing menial labor. Hermes and Vasso earn money by ... More


On with the Show!

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

The earliest rivals of The Broadway Melody were compelled to grapple with a distinctive group of artistic and technical challenges. Warners' The Desert Song, the screen's first operetta, and Fox's ... More


‘I fear I shall begin to grow in love with my dear self’: The Parasite and His ‘Mirror Stage’

Isaac Hui

in Volpone's Bastards: Theorising Jonson's City Comedy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474423472
eISBN:
9781474444958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423472.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

In Act 3 scene 1, we see Mosca’s narcissism for the first time. In the language of Lacan, narcissism is inseparable from the concept of ‘mirror image’, which is how a subject gains his ... More


Blackface Transformations I: Modernism, Primitivism, and Race

Christopher J. Smith

in Dancing Revolution: Bodies, Space, and Sound in American Cultural History

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780252042393
eISBN:
9780252051234
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042393.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter investigates movement vocabularies associated with early-twentieth-century North American African American dance, particularly as specific performers adapted these exceptionally ... More


The Fine Art of Living Well: Hannah and Her Sisters

Peter J. Bailey

in The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167190
eISBN:
9780813167862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167190.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Hannah is treated as Allen’s most successful blending of representational filmmaking with his skepticism toward the promises of artistic rendering. Also at play in the film is its largely positive ... More


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