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Vitaphone Prelude

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/9780195377347.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

A brief overview of the prehistory of sound film, from Thomas Edison through the work of Lee DeForest, noting that most of these early films were marked by musical performance. The origins of the ... More


Everything’s Been Done Before

Richard Barrios

in Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199973842
eISBN:
9780199370115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter provides a frequently digressory capsule history of the musical, noting especially the history and heritage that it variously heeds and forgets. It puts emphasis on the overstated ... More


Nerve Ending

Alan K. Rode

in Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813173917
eISBN:
9780813174808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.003.0030
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Curtiz directedI’ll See You in My Dreams (1951), starring Doris Day and the newcomer Danny Thomas. The picture was his last box-office hit at Warner Bros.His long-cherished project,The Will Rogers ... More


The Unsynchable William Faulkner: Faulknerian Voice and Early Sound Film

Jay Watson

in William Faulkner and the Faces of Modernity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198849742
eISBN:
9780191884146
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198849742.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The early years of the “talkies,” which correspond with Faulkner’s surge into a fully realized literary modernism, brought technical problems that the cinema was slow to work out, especially the ... More


Where Does the Music Come From?

Steven C. Smith

in Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood's Most Influential Composer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190623272
eISBN:
9780190623302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190623272.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

The dawn of sound film has been mythologized and misreported (for example, The Jazz Singer was not the first movie with sound). This chapter offers an extensively researched look at Hollywood’s ... More


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