The Great American Songbook [DVD] [2003]

Michael Feinstein hosts The Great American Songbook, a documentary about some of the most important American songs and songwriters from the first half of the 20th century. The film arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is impressively rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Feinstein and a vintage musical short not included in the film. This is a great disc that is highly recommended to those with an interest in he subject matter.
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Special Features

  • Audio commentary by Michael Feinstein
  • Vintage musical short
  • A new romance of celluloid: We Must Have Music
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene access
  • Subtitles in English, Français, and Español
  • Closed Captioned


The Great American Songbook
Musician and historian Michael Feinstein is your host for this whirlwind look at the golden age of American popular song, from the '30s through the '50s. The Great American Songbook offers a look at the significant trends in music and the styles of the great tunesmiths of the day, as well as presents dozens of vintage film clips of such artists as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, and many more performances of the great songs celebrated in this film. Along the way, The Great American Songbook also chronicles the history of the American movie musical and how Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley learned to work together. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Michael Feinstein
    Michael Feinstein - Host
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