Top Hat (Wiley-Blackwell Series in Film and Television)
By: Peter William Evans (author)Paperback
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Top Hat is the first volume to spotlight this classic Hollywood film, probing the musical genre, notions of romance and subjectivity, as well as the contested relations between the sexes. * Offers a detailed analysis of one of Hollywood's greatest musicals, including a comprehensive survey of the film's production, promotion and reception, all measured against the background of 1930s socio-political contexts in the USA * Explores the musical genre and questions of (gendered) national identity, romance, subjectivity and the notion of the couple * Written in a clear, accessible style, Top Hat probes text and context carefully to appeal to the student and teacher of the musical and of Hollywood film history, as well as the film-loving general reader
Peter William Evans is a Professor of Film Studies, in the Department of Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London. His publications range from classical Hollywood (books on the musical, romantic comedy and the Biblical epic, and articles on film noir, the western and Hitchcock), British cinema (a book on Carol Reed) and Spanish cinema (books on Bunuel, Almodovar and Bigas Luna).
List of Figures vi Synopsis vii Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1. The Making of Top Hat 6 2. Fred Astaire: "Outlaw" Stylist of the Dance 19 3. Ginger Rogers: Confirming and Defying Convention 26 4. Introduction to Narrative and Number: The Bumpy Road to Love 35 5. The Numbers 43 6. Querying National and Sexual Identity 85 Conclusion: A Perfectly Swell Romance 101 Notes 104 Bibliography 106 Index 114
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