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Early Danish Musical Comedies, 1931–9

Niels Hartvigson

in Film's Musical Moments

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623440
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623440.003.0013
Early Danish Musical Comedies, 1931–9

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Denmark produced seventy-seven sound films between 1931 and 1939, including more than fifty musical comedies deploying a content that is both romantic and populist. This chapter explores how the relationship between musical numbers, storylines, and themes created three specific sub-genres that dealt differently with the ideals of romantic love and political populism: collective musical comedies, character musical comedies and romantic musical comedies. It presents a detailed taxonomy of the structural elements of a number of Danish films, including Nyhavn 17 (17, Harbour Canal, 1933), Mille, Marie og mig (Mille, Marie and Me, 1936) and 7–9–13 (Knock on Wood, 1934), all highly successful musical romantic comedies that not only downplay romance in favour of an emphasis on community values but also foreground character actors in the leading roles rather than the young lovers.

Keywords: Denmark; sound films; musical comedies; collective musical comedies; character musical comedies; romantic musical comedies; romance; character actors; political populism; musical numbers

Chapter.  4995 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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