Skip to comments.'Mad about Musicals' on TCM in June
Posted on 05/21/2018 10:50:07 PM PDT by iowamark
TCM is excited to announce our new online class in partnership with Ball State University: TCM Presents: MAD ABOUT MUSICALS! A free online course dedicated to the history of the Hollywood Musical. Running from June 3-30, this FREE interactive experience will give you an entertaining deep-dive into the Hollywood musical, from the 1930s to the 1970s, with addictive multimedia course materials, digital games, ongoing interactions with your fellow film fans on the TCM message boards, and more!
We invite movie lovers and online learners from around the world to join us for this fun, flexible online learning opportunity, TCM Presents: MAD ABOUT MUSICALS... Course Syllabus (Course Dates: Jun 3 - Jun 30, 2018)
WEEK 1: Introduction / Musicals of the 1920s & 1930s The beginnings of sound technology and the first film musicals in the 1920s and 1930s: The Great Ziegfeld, Top Hat, Broadway Melody, and other films
Important musicals that set the standard for the decade: The Great Depression The transition from Broadway to Hollywood New stars in musicals, directors, editors, and other creatives that influenced the decade: Ernst Lubitsch, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and others Key song numbers that typify the movie musical in the 1930s
WEEK 2: Musicals of the 1940s The changing terrain of the 1940s movie musical surrounding WWII: Yankee Doodle Dandy, On the Town, Meet Me in St. Louis, and other films Performers who developed during the 1940s, choreographers who direct and musicians who produce: Busby Berkeley, Ester Williams, Red Skelton, Judy Garland and others
Studios, stars, and stories for wartime America: the transition to nationalism Pre-recording, post-sound, and location scenes The emerging films of diversity: Cabin in the Sky, Showboat, and other films
WEEK 3: Musicals of the 1950s The high times of the 1950s and the Blacklist: The Bandwagon, An American in Paris, High Society, and other films
The development of camera, sound, and exhibition Glamour and the expanded role of design The broadening of the composer, producer, and editor Key figures who expand their scope: Gene Kelly, Vincente Minnelli, Elvis Presley, and others
WEEK 4: Conclusion / Musicals of the 1960s and 1970s The disruption of the studios: independent film influences
Turbulence in the country and cultural challenges: Tommy, Cabaret and other films Changing musical tastes, youth, and historical films: Funny Girl, 1776, My Fair Lady, and other films The British Invasion: The Beatles and A Hard Days Night Directors, stars, and producers who transitioned into the 1960s
Course Format: Each week will feature weekly lecture videos, content pages, quizzes, discussion forums, digital games, live tweeting events, optional readings, and the Daily Doses of Musicals. The Daily Doses are brief, five minute learning modules involving a short video clip that will unlock inside of your Canvas course on Mondays through Thursdays during the length of the course.
Frequently Asked Questions: Do I need access to TCM to participate in this course? No. For non-TCM subscribers, we will have free links to online public domain films and/or provide access to brief film clips, so anyone can participate fully in this course. But it is advisable, if you do not have access to TCM, to try to rent certain key films a short list of essential films that students should rent on their own will be provided in the course.
How long is the course and TCM's Mad About Musicals?: The online course is 4 weeks long, and the TCM on-air spotlight airs Tuesdays and Thursdays in June, featuring over 90 musicals including 42nd Street (1933); Swing Time (1936); Wizard of Oz (1939); Meet Me in St. Louis (1944); Singin in the Rain (1952); Jailhouse Rock (1957); A Hard Days Night (1964); and Cabaret (1972).
What kind of time commitment may I expect?: For students who seek to complete the course, it will take between two to four hours each week, and that does not include the additional time to watch the musicals on your own or on TCM. For students who would like to audit the class or can only participate occasionally, you are encouraged to participate as much as possible, especially on social media (#TCMusicals) and on the TCM message boards...
Sounds good. I’d be curious to see how many freepers response to this post.
Don’t have the time to do the course but the old Broadway musicals were terrific entertainment. My Dad managed a good chunk of Jerry Herman’s investment portfolio and got to know him.
I can still watch the great stuff like Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, etc. And I thoroughly enjoy attending plays of all levels.
I’ve toyed with joining Backlot.
More often than not, TCM is usually on at home.
I love Musicals!
Here’s a clip from my favorite, The French Mistake:
Watch me faggots!
Buzby Berkeley, eat your heart out!
It’s an interesting idea. I’ve seen a lot of musicals, but I have not seen a lot of the ones from the 30’s (Broadway Melody type films, etc). I’ll have to see if I have time for this. TCM is the best channel on TV. I wonder if they will do courses in other film genres?
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