WHO: Janine Basinger
WHAT: THE MOVIE MUSICAL!
WHEN: Published by Knopf November 7, 2019
WHY: “Delightful and insightful.
“Jeanine Basinger takes an in-depth look at the Hollywood musical in this lively and informative study of the quintessential American film art form.
“There is a lot of ground to cover, and the author is the perfect guide, taking readers back to the movies’ early days and the advent of sound, the uncharted waters of early production, the jungle that was the studio system, and beyond. A selection of gorgeous photographs, including stills and studio shots, enhances the work.
“This is more than a sentimental journey, however. Perceptive portraits explore the roles of movie icons and iconoclastic filmmakers in the development of the genre, and Basinger’s enthusiastic, knowledgeable text is topped off with a carefully compiled bibliography. All that is lacking is a soundtrack, but the writing is so vivid that those beloved tunes will pop into your head once you start to read.
“Movie buffs and film students alike will applaud.”
—Carolyn M. Mulac, in a starred review for LIBRARY JOURNAL
“A monumental and fleet-footed epic…Exhaustive and exhilarating.”
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, a starred review
“An essential addition to any film lover’s library.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
With 219 color and b&w illustrations.
634 pages. $45 ISBN 978-1-101-87406-6
To interview the author, contact
Kathy Zuckerman | 212-572-2105