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‘A Humane, Practical, and Beautiful Solution’

Megan Woller

in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations

Published in print August 2019 | ISBN: 9780190469993
Published online July 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190490010 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190469993.013.11

Series: Oxford Handbooks

‘A Humane, Practical, and Beautiful Solution’

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This chapter deals with sexuality in the much-maligned film adaptation of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, the least popular of the team’s three 1960s film adaptations (My Fair Lady and Camelot are the others). Situating the movie in the sexual revolution and second-wave feminism of the 1960s, the chapter examines the characterization of Elizabeth and her only song, ‘A Million Miles Away Behind the Door,’ as well as her polyandrous marriage to Ben and Pardner. The chapter also reflects on not only how adaptations change the source but—due to changing social conventions and...

Keywords: Paint Your Wagon; Lerner; Loewe; polyandry; Ratings System

Article.  11185 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History ; Music and Media

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