Cultura Americana A
Docente: Doutor Stephen Wilson
“Filmes e Música / Movies and Music”
This is not a course about musicals in the conventional sense, although it does include a number of musicals, but a course of films that are in some sense about music, that have a musical theme or background or which make significant use of music. The course begins with THE JAZZ SINGER, the first feature length film with extended sequences of synchronized singing and speech, and ends with Martin Scorsese’s 2005 film portrait of Bob Dylan, NO DIRECTION HOME. With a single exception all the films are American and they cover the range of American popular music from Jazz Age jazz to contemporary (or near contemporary) rock. Movies and music were the two great American popular art forms of the 20th. Century and to consider them thus in conjunction afford a valuable insight into the two arts themselves and into the social, cultural and institutional context in which they flourished.