“Bursting into Song in the Hollywood Musical”
Thursday, April 06
Grounded in film history and cognitive psychology, the book explains how Hollywood delivers exhilarating aesthetic experiences to mass audiences. Berliner argues that fans of Hollywood cinema are not victims of mass media culture but active participants in their own entertainment.
On Thursday, April 6, Berliner will give a presentation from the book, titled “Bursting into Song in the Hollywood Musical.” Illustrated with clips that span 90 years of Hollywood musicals, the presentation demonstrates how filmmakers creatively developed the convention of “bursting into song.” The free event, sponsored by the department of film studies, begins at 6:30 p.m. in King Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow.