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Such as Blues in the Night Gilda The Red Shoes West Side Story and Round Midnight stretch the boundaries of film noir and the musical as film genres collide Deep shadows dim lighting and visual composition evoke moodiness cynicism pessimism and subjective psychological points of viewAs in her earlier study of film noir Blackout World War II and the Origins of Film Noir Biesen draws on extensive primary research in studio archives to situate her examination within a historical industrial and cultural conte.

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Smoke Shadows Moody strains of jazz Welcome to the world of noir musical films where tormented antiheroes and hard boiled musicians battle obsession and struggle with their music and ill fated love triangles Sultry divas dance and sing the blues in shrouded nightclubs Romantic intrigue clashes with backstage careersIn her pioneering study Music in the Shadows film noir expert Sheri Chinen Biesen explores musical films that use film noir style and bluesy strains of jazz to inhabit a disturbing underworld a.

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Nd reveal the dark side of fame and the American Dream While noir musical films like A Star Is Born include musical performances their bleak tone and expressionistic aesthetic closely resemble the visual style of film noir Their narratives unfold behind a stark noir lens distorted erratic angles and imbalanced hand held shots allow the audience to experience a tortured disillusioned perspectiveWhile many musicals glamorize the uest for the spotlight in Hollywood's star factory brooding noir musical films.

3 thoughts on “Music in the Shadows

  1. says:

    Opera is sometimes defined as an art form where someone is stabbed and then sings an aria Perhaps a noir musical is where someone is shot and then singsThis was a frustrating book It could have been very good because Biesen points out how flexible noir is as a category and how close it connects with musicals Also how impo

  2. says:

    Exploration of the ties between Musicals and Noir is very thorough and presents some interesting viewpoints on pictures one might not instantly associate with noir Moulin Rouge West Side Story The picture that the book revolves around is BLUES IN THE NIGHT and jazz plays a prominent role in Biesens' well thought out thesis

  3. says:

    to you by OBS reviewer JoAnneSince I am a huge classic film – especially noir – lover; I couldn’t wait to read this book Ms Biesen has written an outstanding book on the use of music in film noir and the impact it makes Drawing upon such films as Gilda Young Man with a Horn Blues in the Night Double Indemn

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