British film music and film musicals

Donnelly, K.J. (2007) British film music and film musicals, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave, 232pp.


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British film music is one of the unsung stars of British culture. British cinema should be most proud of it, and yet it barely receives a mention in scholarly or popular writing. Yet during the 1930s, British-made musicals, starring actors such as George Formby and Gracie Fields, were the most popular films seen by British audiences. Any consideration of British music, or indeed of film music, could not fail to note William Walton's outstanding score for Olivier's Henry V (1944) and Malcolm Arnold's music for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). Yet these are never mentioned in the kind of scholarly books and histories produced in the area of 'British film' studies. This book aims to open up debate on the subject as well as map a terrain that has for a long time been lost. This book will address music in British films, both as musical scores ,in the first half of the book and as British film musicals, in the second half. Each section will start with a detailed chronological review history.



British Film Music

Wicked Sounds and Magic Melodies: Music in Gainsborough


Did You Hear the One about the Irishman? Sound and Music,

Forging Ethnicity in Odd Man Out (1946)

Experimenting with Film Scores, 1967-1970

Pop Music Culture, Synergy and Songs in Films: Hardware
(1990) and Trainspotting (1996)

History of British Film Musicals

Stage to Screen: Whatever Happened to the British Musical Adaptation?

The Perpetual Busman's Holiday: Sir Cliff Richard and the British Pop Musical

The Musical Revolution: The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night

White Labels and Black Imports: Music, Assimilation and

Commerce in Absolute Beginners (1985)

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 1403996733 (hardback)
9781403996732 (hardback)
Related URLs:
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Film Studies
ePrint ID: 46985
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
17 August 2007Published
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:22

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