>in my quest for the perfect teaching musical, I've become obsessed with
>BLACK AND TAN FANTASY, starring Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club
>Orchestra. It's got this sort of amazing intersection of influences--part
>Busby Berkeley, part German Expressionism....
But I'm wondering if anyone on the list knows anything
>about the intended audience of these Paramount shorts? Were they developed
>for white audiences interested in jazz culture? For black audiences? Were
>they "preview" films or main events? Were they considered avante-garde
>experiments or mainstream narrative films?
See Krin Gabbard's *Jammin' at the Margins* (1996): 160-68, 172,
175, 183, 203.
Gloria Monti, so happy you are not teaching *Singin' in the Rain....*
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