Music and Scoring in Hollywood’s “Classic” Period


Next week is “Classic” Hollywood week, which means we’ll be discussing the music in genre films, musicals (comparing MGM to Fox), and “serious” epics. In terms of musicals, I’m limiting our material to MGM’s Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) starring Judy Garland and two scenes from Fox’s The Gang’s All Here (1943). We are supplementing our discussion of the Hollywood Musical with Shari Roberts’ analysis of Carmen Miranda’s most iconic performance. The article lays out the political context of wartime entertainment while also offering a nuanced read on race and ethnicity. In terms of the “serious” film, odds are it will be Citizen Kane (1941), but no promises.


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