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The American Movie Musical

With its characters bursting into song and dance at the drop of a top hat, no Hollywood genre is more blissfully escapist than the movie musical—nor more attuned to the grim realities from which its audiences need to escape. This course looks at the evolution of the genre and its themes, ranging from the political engagement of early 1930s entertainment to the bittersweet realities of postwar films to the knowing ironies of modern cinema. Films likely to be screened include Gold Diggers of 1933, Swing Time, On the Town, It’s Always Fair Weather, A Hard Day’s Night, and La La Land.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An appreciation of the American movie musical
  • An understanding of how musical films have evolved over time

Ideal for

  • Film and history buffs
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.