YA-More comprehensive on composers than lyricists, this volume offers a lively but thorough look at the movies and songs of 10 great songwriters including Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, and Rodgers. A biographical sketch leads the discussion and provides a historical context for the chapters that follow. Hemming covers both the composers' original works for Hollywood and the movie versions of their Broadway shows. An exhaustive listing of film titles, CDs, and audio collections follows each profile. Of value to students in many curricular areas, this highly readable resource, enhanced by more than 100 photographs, will deepen readers' knowledge of this popular field.
Margaret Nolan, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Brief biographical sketches and long enthusiastic filmographic essays on Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and ten others are presented in this warmly affectionate book. Hemming has seen nearly all the films he discusses and gives readers detailed descriptions of scenes in the films that showcase the work of each songwriter. Informed opinion as well as handy lists of each man's movies (indicating what is available on tape and disc) should make the book irresistible to fans of old-fashioned movie musicals. The hard facts are available elswehere so this is not needed as a reference item in most libraries. For film history rather than biography collections. Movie Entertainment Book Club and Nostalgia Book Club selections. Bonnie Jo Dopp, Dist. of Columbia P.L.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.