Analysis Of Singin In The Rain

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I will be discussing the aspects of development from a historical perspective of the film and television industry. To help achieve this I will be focusing on musical genre in Hollywood by analysing the following clip shown of ‘Singin’ in the rain: Good Morning’. This clip shows how the musical conforms by having general conventions of the genre and also shows the development of Hollywood musicals and it’s importance to genre in a particular time period.

Musicals had become an essential to Hollywood as by the middle of 1929, 25 percent of films in production were musicals. (Grant, 2012) By the time the 1930s came around and up until the early 1950s, these decades were considered to be the golden age of musical film, in where the genre's popularity
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This is for the benefit of the viewer rather than any ostensible characters within the musical. This also shows that musicals don’t have a realistic outlook of the world like some genre films do. They are set in a happy fantasy world in where music and dances appear out of nowhere and use on screen diegetic sound to express their thoughts and feelings. In a typical musical, the sets tend to be very dramatic and over the top by making them very theatrical caused from inspiration of particular theatre productions. A musical can get away with having a realistic set in one scene to a very dreamlike unrealistic set the next.

As musicals were becoming very popular in Hollywood, it was about time to start making them into films with sound. Thomas Edison (the inventor of both the phonograph and motion picture camera) had been experimenting for many years in ways to combine and synchronize sound with moving images. His attempt were then clashed by the lack of interest from the film industry due to many technical problems involved as early technology was questionable and unreliable. (Grant,
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(Grant 2012) A minstrel show is a Native American theatrical performance that was based on the endorsement of comic racial stereotypes. Minstrel shows toured around the United States and Canada up until the middle of the twentieth century. People then started to view them as racially embarrassing, yet the impact of popular music influenced by minstrelsy was excessive. The growth of the music industry in the United States became popular in favour of the demand for sales of sheet music of many songs featured in minstrel shows. (Grant,

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