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Sun, 17 Jan 1993 17:59:00 EST
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Reply to I am currently preparing a film genres course for next fall on
the B'way musical to screen.  I am wondering if anyone out there has
taught a similar course and, if so, would they be willing to send me
a syllabus?
    While there are many films to choose from, I am hoping to utilize
films with an historic, economic and artistic significance.  If anyone
has any suggestions for films (and the reasons why) they feel might
behoove a course of this nature, feel free to chime in, I am very open
to ideas.
     Thanks in advance,  my e-mail is [log in to unmask]
Dick Clawson, S.J.
I was just thinking about this subject.  I haven't done a course specifically on
that but I was thinking about On the Town and the way they de-camped it
and threw out a lot of the Bernstein songs for being too avant-garde when MGM
produc ed the film.  Rick Altman suggests in his book that you follow
the career of Rouben Mamoulian from stage to screen and back.  he cites
a whole list of works that would be accessed this way including Porgy and jBess,
 Oklahoma!, Summer Holiday, Silk Stockings.  Also I would
follow out Agnes de Mille's choreography.At the end of the course it wold be
 interesting to look at recent screen-to-stage adaptationssuch  as
Singin' in the Rain, Twenthieth Century,
Meet Me in St. Louis, Forty Second Street, etc.Jane Feuer