"Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History" is the most entertaining and comprehensive feature about the Hollywood musical ever produced.
The best films from every studio, every decade and the most important and influential stars are included. You'll ride the rollercoaster of the genre's dazzling heyday of success. The journey begins with the dawn of sound on film, to the patriotic feel-good musicals of World War II, through the development of the "integrated" musical in which songs became an important story-telling ingredient, through the near-death of the medium when the studio system collapsed, to the genre's recent resurgence and multi-generational embrace. Visionary directors and producers like Rob Marshall, Bill Condon, and Craig Zadan have recently brought innovative modern musicals to audiences and filled movie theatres once again.