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As soon as movies could talk, they also started to sing. The golden age of Hollywood musicals from the 30's to the 60's is rich with song and dance films that featured complicated stories and offered social commentary with an air of escapism. This course explores the richness of this period by considering the ways in which musicals reflected and affected America.
Paul McEwan is Director of Film Studies at Muhlenberg College, where he teaches in courses in Film History, Popular Music, and Video Production.