City of Women: Busby Berkeley, Architecture, and Urban Space
Abstract

This essay considers issues of the cinema, architecture, women, and the city by focusing on several production numbers directed by Busby Berkeley that are set within an urban environment: “Lullaby of Broadway” (1935), “42nd Street” (1933), and “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1934). Beyond reading the city’s space and architecture as a gendered topos, the essay gestures toward connections between Berkeley’s Hollywood productions and the history of French, Soviet, and German avant-garde cinemas.


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