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42nd Street

nd Street Six days before the election of Franklin D Roosevelt in Warner Bros completed shooting on a new style musical Hard bitten fast moving full of gritty realism about the Depression and frank abou

  • Title: 42nd Street
  • Author: J. Hoberman
  • ISBN: 9780851703558
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Six days before the election of Franklin D Roosevelt in 1932, Warner Bros completed shooting on a new style musical Hard bitten, fast moving, full of gritty realism about the Depression and frank about sex, 42nd Street was in the vanguard of Warners s New Deal in Entertainment.Its plot is sheer clich a backstage story in which, just before opening night, the star breSix days before the election of Franklin D Roosevelt in 1932, Warner Bros completed shooting on a new style musical Hard bitten, fast moving, full of gritty realism about the Depression and frank about sex, 42nd Street was in the vanguard of Warners s New Deal in Entertainment.Its plot is sheer clich a backstage story in which, just before opening night, the star breaks an ankle, the young understudy goes on and becomes an overnight sensation What keeps the movie fresh sixty years later is the snappy dialogue, terrific performances from Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers and a host of Warners contract players, and above all the delirious dance routines of the incomparable Busby Berkeley J.Hoberman s description of the film catches its mixture of New Deal optimism and showbiz brashness, and places them expertly in the context of Hollywood s attempt to come to terms with hard times.

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    1. 42nd Street is the kind of politics I like - cynical, worldlywise, presenting the audience with the commodification of flesh under capitalism but crackling with one-liners, ridiculous dances and great tunes. This little book is a brilliant 67 page examination of the movie. And I'm not saying that flesh isn't commodified under alternative economic systems, but it's hard-nosed 1930s-style American capitalism under pressure that we're talking about here.In this dynamite early musical, everything is [...]

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