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In the Space of a Song: The Uses of Song in Film

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Richard William Dyer

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Songs take up space and time in films. Richard Dyer's In the Space of a Song takes off from this perception, arguing that the way songs take up space indicates a great deal about the songs themselves, the nature of the feelings they present, and who is allowed to present feelings how, when and where. In the Space of a Song explores this perception through a range of examples, from classic MGM musicals to blaxploitation cinema, with the career of Lena Horne providing a turning point in the cultural dynamics of the feeling.


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages210
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-22374-4, 0415223741
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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