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March 1998, Week 2


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aimee hall <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 9 Mar 1998 21:35:09 -0500
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i have to agree with SINGIN' IN THE RAIN as the best one-film intro to
musical, but we've also used MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (to introduce genre and
ideology; i suppose WIZARD OF OZ would work too) and talked about using
GREASE (generic transformation and the New Hollywood).
also, i just left THE BIG LEBOWSKI-- has anyone else seen it yet? while i
definitely see THE BIG SLEEP in it, is this arguably the coen bros.
attempt at a hollywood musical (as in godard's A WOMAN IS A WOMAN)? i
didn't like the cowboy voice-over/ character as much, but i think the film
recalls nicely the narrative "pause" that is inevitably part of the
musical (like Indian cinema?).
aimee hall
indiana university dept of comparative literature and film studies
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