Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema

Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema

Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema

Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema

Synopsis

From mid-twentieth-century films such as Grand Hotel, Waterloo Bridge, and The Red Shoes to recent box-office hits including Billy Elliot, Save the Last Dance, and The Company, ballet has found its way, time and again, onto the silver screen and into the hearts of many otherwise unlikely audiences. In Dying Swans and Madmen, Adrienne L. McLean explores the curious pairing of classical and contemporary, art and entertainment, high culture and popular culture to reveal the ambivalent place that this art form occupies in American life.
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