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Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter by [Barrios, Richard]
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Barrios knows this material inside out, which allows him to step back to make often inspired observations. (New York Times Book Review)

[Barrios] writes about his subject authoritatively ...and always directly. He does so with an absence of heavy theorizing and an abundance of strong opinions. Part of what makes Dangerous Rhythm enjoyable to read is its idiomatic prose. (Wall Street Journal)

[A] hugely readable, authoritative meditation on the Hollywood musical. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Simultaneously a rigorous dissection of and a valentine to the movie musical." -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Few people can discuss early-talkie musicals and television's Glee with equal authority. Richard Barrios sees it all as part of a continuum, which is what makes his wide-ranging book so relevant. His sense of humor and lively prose style transform a scholarly treatise into a highly enjoyable reading experience. (Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian.)

Barrios knows his stuff, and musical film aficionados are well advised to get a hold of Dangerous Rhythm. He combines vast knowledge of the subject with tangy writing, resulting in a hard-to-put-down read. (Matthew Kennedy, author of Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s)

About the Author

Richard Barrios worked in the music and film industries before turning to film history with the award-winning A Song in the Dark and with Screened Out, which was the basis of a film series by Turner Classic Movies. He lectures extensively and appears frequently on television and in film and DVD documentaries. Born in the swamps of south Louisiana and a longtime resident of New York City, he now lives in western New Jersey, near Philadelphia

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3496 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (8 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J9L99GW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #342,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is a must for everyone who loves film musicals. The breadth of knowledge and the insights are amazing. His assessment of films and
performers is enlightening. You will now look at musicals in a different light. You feel that the films you thought were great at the time truly were, and that they were little gems. This book rekindles the delight you felt as the credits rolled.
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Although this is quite an interesting and well researched book, being an e book the graphics are too small to see properly, and they are very sparse. As this cost more than I have seen the hardback edition for sale, I feel a bit shortchanged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Rhythm Matters! 2 July 2014
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I am a lifelong fan of the Hollywood musical. I have believed movie musicals matter since I was 10 years old. And while I have not written an opinionated critical history of the movie musical, if I were to write one, I could only hope to come up with something as enjoyable and thought-provoking as Dangerous Rhythm. Mr. Barrios' obvious affection and respect for the genre is apparent on every page. He's got 87 years to cover and he makes no attempt to mention every film, every performer. If you, too, think movie musicals matter, you will no doubt find a favorite movie conspicuous by its absence. But make no mistake, he gets the high points - the movies important for artistry, financial success, influence or any combination thereof, are given their due; from "The Jazz Singer" and "Love Me Tonight" to "The Wizard of Oz" and "Singin' in the Rain", with a tip of the hat to spectacular flops like Jolson's "Say It With Song" and the Village People vehicle "Can't Stop the Music". While we don't see eye-to-eye on everything (He loves Maurice Chevalier, whom I cannot stomach), even where we disagree, Mr. Barrios' arguments are always well articulated and reasonable. (I still don't care for Chevalier, but I understand why Mr. Barrios does.) I smiled and whispered "Yes!" when "the joyous and under-appreciated Donald O'Connor" was finally given some of the respect he so richly deserves. (Come on, he wipes the floor with Gene Kelly in the "Moses Supposes" number.) And I had an "Aha!" moment when I learned that the not-untalented but utterly blank Lucille Bremer, inexplicably starred in far too many big-big MGM musicals in the 1940s and 50s, was a "friend" of uber-producer Arthur Freed. Seldom have I read a more enjoyable combination of scholarship and dish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Rhythm 3 July 2014
By Moshe Bloxenheim - Published on Amazon.com
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Author Richard Barrios has always had a knack for providing the history and the stories of different areas of the American Film Industry in ways that are informative, fascinating and engaging. "Dangerous Rhythm" continues in this vein - not so much as a historical summing up, but instead Mr. Barrios gives a very thoughtful look at the Hollywood Movie Musical and its place in both the film industry and in American culture. Different musicals are examined and often compared with films from other studios and times to show the way Hollywood developed (or mishandled) ideas, how different connections, events and trends could bring success or disaster and why the Movie Musical has always been a very unique creation.

While I certainly must praise Mr. Barrios' thoroughness in covering his subject, I really appreciate his ability to share his enthusiasm with the reader. Even the footnotes have a level of zest which demonstrates that "Dangerous Rhythm" is no mere book of scholarly observation but a good, solid and entertaining work that can be read and reread with pleasure. There are going to be many films that I will now watch in a whole new light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Dec. 2014
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all good quality and met expectations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Nov. 2014
By Stephen Hendrickson - Published on Amazon.com
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A great fan read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come sing along with me! 11 Aug. 2014
By Retired2009 - Published on Amazon.com
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Perfect birthday/holiday gift for a theater and movie buff. It was wonderful reminising with the old well-remembered songs. It also sent me off to iTunes to download a few too!
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