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Music in the Shadows 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 and 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 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 context

  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Music in the Shadows
  • Sheri Chinen Biesen
  • 02 July 2016
  • 9781421408378

3 thoughts on “Music in the Shadows

  1. Michael Samerdyke Michael Samerdyke 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 important music is in film noirUnfortunately the book struck me as very badly organized Parts of it read like pure history of noir in general or even how Hollywood changed over the decades Some films were discussed very thoroughly such as Blues in the Night which seems to have inspired this book Other films were rushed through Surely a book about music in film noir should devote attention to the 'jazz nightmare' scene in Phantom Lady but Biesen does not Instead she treats The Red Shoes as a film noir and while there is a tragic overtone to that film The Red Shoes has never struck me as a film noirIn the last chapter Biesen talks about dark musicals that came out after West Side Story which she also seems to consider noir but never mentions neo noir films so I found this chapter very unbalancedThis book needed a strong editor It ended up feeling like Biesen was mashing a lot of her research together between one set of covers This could have been so much better

  2. Sean Wicks Sean Wicks 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 Indemnity and even The Major and the Minor a film which uses the song “A Woman’s a Two Face” sung by a cadet to Ginger Rogers masuerading as a teenager believe it or not – she has written a comprehensive and extensive work that is well written and fascinating to readAnyone who is interested in film noir would find this indispensable as a reference – after all who can forget Dooley Wilson in Casablanca crooning ‘As Time Goes By?’ She covers both well known and not so well known films Christmas Holiday being one of my favorites – Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin in a dark noir film both playing against character I suggest you try to find a copy; it will definitely be worth your while – and offers a description of the Musician’s Strike of 1942 which has long since passed into history yet spawned some of the greater singers of the century Frank Sinatra among themA highly recommended book for both film fans and music lovers alike; after all who can go wrong with a book that has the sultry Rita Hayworth as Gilda on the cover?

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