Buzz

Buzz

The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

eBook - 2011
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Characterized by grandiose song-and-dance numbers featuring ornate geometric patterns and mimicked in many modern films, Busby Berkeley's unique artistry is as recognizable and striking as ever. From his years on Broadway to the director's chair, Berkeley is notorious for his inventiveness and signature style. Through sensational films like 42nd Street (1933), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Footlight Parade (1933), and Dames (1934), Berkeley sought to distract audiences from the troubles of the Great Depression. Although his bold technique is familiar to millions of moviegoers, Berkeley's life r
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2011.
ISBN: 9780813140087
0813140080
9780813126449
0813126444
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 367 p., [32] p. of plates) : ill.
Contents: Prologue
Actress and son
In formation
The show fixer
A cyclopean vision
The cinematerpsichorean
The cancerous tire
Post-traumatic inspiration
Buzz's babes
Art and audacity
The stage debacle
Inconsolable
One last at bat
Jumping, tapping, diving
Out of sight
The ringmaster
Remember my forgotten director
The figurehead
The palmy days
Epilogue
On Busby Berkeley's memoirs
Appendix : the works of Busby Berkeley.
Summary: Characterized by grandiose song-and-dance numbers featuring ornate geometric patterns and mimicked in many modern films, Busby Berkeley's unique artistry is as recognizable and striking as ever. From his years on Broadway to the director's chair, Berkeley is notorious for his inventiveness and signature style. Through sensational films like 42nd Street (1933), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Footlight Parade (1933), and Dames (1934), Berkeley sought to distract audiences from the troubles of the Great Depression. Although his bold technique is familiar to millions of moviegoers, Berkeley's life r

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