Wednesday (2/19): Discuss Swingtime, Meet Me, Sklar 12-14, and assigned readings in Schatz (see below)
Monday, 2/24: Midterm 2
Wednesday, 2/26: Screen Rome, Open City
Swingtime/Meet Me/MGM/RKO Discussion:
Be sure for this material you’ve read:
Chapter 19, "The High Cost of Quality" from T. Schatz,
The Genius of the System (in the CRC on reserve) and;
the material in Chapt. 15, Movie-Made America ("Hollywood at War ...") in order to discuss Meet Me in St. Louis both as an example of MGM studio product and as a musical.
--key elements of narrative and visual style here?
--value system in the film?
--appeal of film to a war-time audience?
--MGM vs. RKO vs. Warner Bros. style?
--mythic elements of the musical genre in general?