12. Genre and Hollywood Musicals: Singin’ in the Rain

THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICAL - THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICAL, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, AND PARODY - SUBVERSIVE CONTENT IN THE MUSICAL - THE MUSICAL: A GENRE FOR DREAMERS - THE MUSICAL AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF COLOUR IN FILM - THE MUSICAL TODAY

The musical may be the most characteristically American genre in the history of film. This guide explores the genre by looking at one of its great masterpieces: Singin' in the Rain. The guide provides a general history of the genre as escapism, and contextualizes its movements through various socio-politcal periods and technological advancements. It also looks into Singin in the Rain as a parody, and discusses the underlying subversive elements of the narrative.

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