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Wonderful Design: Glamour in the Hollywood Musical

Lloyd Whitesell


Glamour is an elusive aspect of cinematic style. This book critically examines previous scholarship on glamour; defines the concept as a compound of artifice, allure, and magic; and examines the phenomenon at work in the genre of the film musical. The focus is on the role of music in representing glamour, and the stylistic and semiotic conventions by which glamour is embodied in sound. The book develops an analytical framework that applies across media, the better to appreciate music’s collaborative role within multimedia spectacle. First, glamour is situated as one of a handful of “style mode ... More

Keywords: glamour, film, musical, Hollywood, style, aesthetics, orchestration, arranging, magic, sophistication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190843816
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190843816.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lloyd Whitesell, author
Associate Professor, Music History, McGill University

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