Movie Genres: Musical Movie–Theory and Practice

UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Digital Media

Course: Film Genres–Musical Movie

Professor Emanuel Levy            


Schedule of Screenings:

M    Jan 12: First Class–Lecture

W    Jan 14: The Jazz Singer, Gold Diggers of 1933


M    Jan 19: Martin Luther King Holiday

W    Jan 21: Top Hat, Swing Time


M    Jan 26: Forty Second Street

W    Jan 28: Wizard of Oz, Stormy Weather


M    Feb 2: Lecture

W    Feb 4: Meet Me in S. Louis, An American in Paris


M    Feb 9: Lecture

W    Feb 11: Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon


M    Feb 16: Lecture

W    Feb 18: A Star Is Born, Gigi


M    Feb 23: Lecture

W    Feb 25: King Creole, West Side Story


M    Mar 2: Hard Day’s Night

W    Mar 4: Saturday Night Fever, All That Jazz


M    Mar 9: Lecture

W    Mar 11: Gimme Shelter, The Last waltz, Stop Making Sense


M    Mar 16: Pennies From Heaven, The Doors

W    Mar 18: Last Class–Lecture


Books on Reserve

Altman, Rick.  The American Film Musical. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Barrios, Richard. A Song in the Dark. The Birth of the Musical Film.  NY: Oxford Univ. Press, 1995.

Feuer, Jane.  The Hollywood Musical. London: Macmillan Press, 1993 (Second Edition).

Kobal, John.  Gotta Sing Gotta Dance. A Pictorial History of Film Musicals. N.Y: Hamlyn, 1971.

Mast, Gerald.  Can’t Help Singin‘: The American Musical on Stage and Screen. N.Y.: Overlook Press, 1987.

Rubin, Martin.  Showstoppers: Busby Berkeley and the Tradition of      Spectacles. NY: Columbia University Press, 1993.

Schatz, Thomas.  Film Genres.


Films to be Watched on Video:

Footlight Parade, 1933

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953

Help, 1965

Monterey Pop, 1968

The Producers,  1968

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975

Nashville, 1975

Grease, 1978

One From the Heart, 1982

This Is Spinal Tap, 1984

School Daze, 1988

Evita,  1996

Films to be Screened (in chronological order)

The Jazz Singer, 1927

Gold Diggers of 1933, 1933

Footlight Parade, 1933

Top Hat, 1933

Forty Second Street, 1933

Swing Time, 1936

The Wizard of Oz, 1939

Stormy Weather, 1943

Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944

An American in Paris, 1951

Singin’ in the Rain, 1952

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953

The Band Wagon, 1953

A Star Is Born, 1954

Gigi, 1958

King Creole, 1958

West Side Story, 1961

Hard Day’s Night, 1964

Help, 1965

Monterey Pop, 1968

The Producers, 1968

Gimme Shelter, 1970

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 197

Nashville, 1975

The Last Waltz, 1978

Saturday Night Fever, 1977

Grease, 1978

All That Jazz, 1979

Pennies from Heaven, 1981

One from the Heart, 1982

This Is Spinal Tap, 1984

Stop Making Sense, 1984

School Daze, 1988

The Doors, 1991

Evita, 1996


Documentaries about the music world

Gimme Shelter

The Last Waltz

Stop Making Sense