The Musical Is Back

How Has the Genre Evolved and Where Is It Now?

Exceptional Movie Musicals of the 21st Century

Olga Kwaczyńska


Chapter 1. The Film Musical

1. Definitions

2. History and Origins

Chapter 2. Film Musical’s Second Century

1. First decade of 21st century

2. Second decade of 21st century

3. Exceptional Film Musicals of 21st Century – Area of Analysis: Tracing Novelties and Postmodern Elements

Chapter 3. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

1. Story Synopsis

2. Moulin Rouge! and Traditional Movie Musical. What’s New?

3. Postmodernism in Moulin Rouge!

Chapter 4. Chicago (2002)

1. Story Synopsis and Inspirations

2. Chicago’s Distinctive Perspective, Camp, Cynicism, Amorality and More

3. Is Chicago a Postmodern Movie?

Chapter 5. Mamma Mia! (2008)

1. Story Synopsis and the Female Authorship

2. Mamma Mia! and its Double Duty

3. Postmodern Reading of Mamma Mia!

Chapter 6. Les Misérables (2012)

1. Story Synopsis

2. Les Misérables Many “firsts”

Chapter 7. Into the Woods (2014)

1. Story Synopsis and Transformation from Stage to Screen

2. Metaphor, Symbolism and Ambivalence

3. Postmodern Elements in Into the Woods

Chapter 8. La La Land (2016)

1. How First Original Movie Musical of the 21st Century Came to Life

2. Intertextuality, Nostalgia and Postmodernism



The publication is funded by the Ph.D. Students’ Association of the Jagiellonian University

Magdalena Modrzejewska, Jagiellonian University in Kraków

Joanna Kucharska

Editorial Layout and Typesetting:
Katarzyna Migdał

Cover Design:
Ola Idzikowska

ISBN 978-83-947477-2-5

Bielsko-Biała 2017

Pages: 152