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Heterosexuality and the Musical: The Couple
Gender & Sexual Studies
Pages 16 (4016 words)
Musicals have essentially been associated with wrong coupling and by extension homosexuality. …
While the musical industry has thrived from its homosocial nature, often depicting homosexuality as a norm within the musical industry of film and cinematography, there are a number of films that steer away from this view and incorporate opposite sex relationships into the script, as well as steering away from plots that are primarily associated with same sex relations within films (Bullough 1976, p. 67). The ideology of heterosexuality is compounded by the appearance of different roles played by different sexes thereby either dispelling or confirming the question of whether or not roles can be reversed in a heterosexual union. In addition, the interaction between the heterosexual couples provides an intrinsic view of the domain in which the film is set. Top Hat is set a musical comedy set in London, where Jerry, an American dancer goes to attend a show organized by Horace Hardwick. While, in his hotel room, Jerry’s tap dancing awakes Dale, who was trying to get some sleep in her room, beneath Jerry’s. A confrontation between Jerry and Dale ensues, during which Jerry falls in love with the fashion model, Dale (Reid 2004, p. 13). Jerry later tries to woe Dale and eventually wins her affections, which forms the basis of the film. The film delves into the intricacies of heterosexual relationships, seeking to confirm or dispel notions of gender based roles with the film industry and society as a whole.
While heterosexual relationships are predominantly shaped by the couple itself, the process of coupling, as well as the affiliation between the couple is influenced by outside sources such as societal norms and persons outside the relationship. ...
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