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Composers in the MoviesStudies in Musical Biography$
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John C. Tibbetts

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106749

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106749.001.0001

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Revisionist Portraits

Revisionist Portraits

A Medley of Recent Composer Biopics

(p.263) 6 Revisionist Portraits
Composers in the Movies

John C. Tibbetts

Yale University Press

This chapter describes revision of the conventional attitudes toward history and biography caused by the breakup of the classical studio oligopoly, post-Vietnam disillusionment and cynicism, collapsing political regimes, reconfigured nation-states, postmodern interrogations of fact and fiction, and global disasters like terrorism and the AIDS epidemic. No longer “contained,” the composers have freed themselves from their stereotyped cages, climbed off the mountaintop, and, like Frankenstein's monster, run amuck. As have been already seen, Ken Russell and Tony Palmer led the way, replacing the canon of sentimental, love-struck, romantically mad and tragically failed artists with a gallery of fools, cads, opportunists, failed dreamers, and societal victims.

Keywords:   conventional attitudes, history, biography, stereotyped cages, Ken Russell, Tony Palmer

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