The Movie Musical!

Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
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Irresistible and authoritative, The Movie Musical! is an in-depth look at the singing, dancing, happy-making world of Hollywood musicals - an essential audiobook for anyone who's ever laughed, cried, or sung along at the movies.

Leading film historian Jeanine Basinger reveals, with her trademark wit and zest, the whole story of the Hollywood musical - in the most telling, most incisive, most detailed audiobook of her long and remarkable career.

From Fred Astaire, whom she adores, to La La Land, which she deplores, Basinger examines a dazzling array of stars, strategies, talents, and innovations in the history of musical cinema. Whether analyzing a classic Gene Kelly routine, relishing a Nelson-Jeanette operetta, or touting a dynamic hip hop number (in the underrated Idlewild), she is a canny and charismatic guide to the many ways that song and dance have been seen - and heard - on film.

With extensive portraits of everyone from Al Jolson, the Jazz Singer; to Doris Day, whose iconic sunniness has overshadowed her dramatic talents; from Deanna Durbin, that lovable teen-star of the '30s and '40s; to Shirley T. and Judy G.; from Bing to Frank to Elvis; from Ann Miller to Ann-Margret; from Disney to Chicago...focusing on many beloved, iconic films (Top Hat, Singin' in the Rain, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Sound of Music) as well as unduly obscure gems (Eddie Cantor's Whoopee!, Murder at the Vanities, Sun Valley Serenade, One from the Heart), this audiobook is astute, informative, and a pure pleasure to hear.

©2019 Jeanine Basinger (P)2019 Random House Audio

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An epic history of movie musicals

I haven't finished it yet, but so far this sweeping history of the movie musical from the late 1920s until today is enjoyable and impressive. Author Jeanine Basinger is an academic, and really knows her stuff, but her writing is lively and witty, while at the same time being analytical. She has her likes and dislikes when it comes to musicals, but since a lot of them are similar to mine I don't mind. Narrator Erin Bennett does a great job, giving a really vivid and expressive reading that makes the narrative come alive. For fans of movie musicals this is an essential book.

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Pronunciation!

Can the authors review the text first and give proper pronunciations? Chevalier, Donen, Adolphe Menjou, Apache (Native American = ah-PATCHE-ee; French dance = uh-POSH)...

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A great disappointment

I found the writer opinionated to the degree that it just became unlistenable - what came across to me was that her views are the only valid ones. When she was giving straight history the narrative was OK, but soon she was off with her opinion, and rarely, if ever, did she quote from a person with a dissenting view. The reader's performance was great.