100 Musicals (BFI Screen Guide)

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"From the coming of sound to the 1960s, the musical was central to Hollywood production. Exhibiting – often in spectacular fashion – the remarkable resources of the Hollywood studios, musicals came to epitomise the very idea of 'light entertainment'. Films like Top Hat and 42nd Street, Meet Me in St. Louis and On the Town, Singin' in the Rain and Oklahoma!, West Side Story and The Sound of Music were hugely popular, yet were commonly regarded by cultural commentators as trivial and escapist. It was the 1970s before serious study of the Hollywood musical began to change critical attitudes and foster an interest in musical films produced in other cultures. Hollywood musicals have become less common, but the genre persists and both academic interest in and fond nostalgia for the musical shows no signs of abating.

100 Film Musicals provides a stimulating overview of the genre's development, its major themes and the critical debates it has provoked. While centred on the dominant Hollywood tradition, 100 Film Musicals includes films from countries that often tried to emulate the Hollywood style, like Britain and Germany, as well as from very different cultures like India, Egypt and Japan. Jim Hillier and Douglas Pye also discuss post-1960s films from many different sources which adapt and reflect on the conventions of the genre, including recent examples such as Moulin Rouge! and High School Musical, demonstrating that the genre is still very much alive."

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  1. 68 -

    Opera Jawa

    2006 — a.k.a. Requiem from Java, in 4 top lists Check
  2. 36 -

    Hallelujah

    1929, in 3 top lists Check
  3. 35 -

    Guys and Dolls

    1955, in 6 top lists Check
  4. 20 -

    Die 3 Groschen-Oper

    1931 — a.k.a. The 3 Penny Opera, in 7 top lists Check
  5. 41 -

    8 femmes

    2002 — a.k.a. 8 Women, in 2 top lists Check
  6. 31 -

    The Girl Can't Help It

    1956, in 6 top lists Check
  7. 11 -

    Carmen Jones

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
  8. 58 -

    The Music Man

    1962, in 6 top lists Check
  9. 43 -

    Jailhouse Rock

    1957, in 4 top lists Check
  10. 29 -

    The Gay Divorcee

    1934, in 5 top lists Check
  11. 56 -

    Le million

    1931 — a.k.a. The Million, in 7 top lists Check
  12. 38 -

    The Harder They Come

    1972, in 5 top lists Check
  13. 65 -

    One Hour with You

    1932, in 6 top lists Check
  14. 52 -

    The Love Parade

    1929, in 5 top lists Check
  15. 64 -

    One from the Heart

    1981, in 1 top list Check
  16. 27 -

    Funny Face

    1957, in 5 top lists Check
  17. 24 -

    Footlight Parade

    1933, in 5 top lists Check
  18. 13 -

    Cavalcade

    1933, in 4 top lists Check
  19. 28 -

    Funny Girl

    1968, in 8 top lists Check
  20. 18 -

    Les demoiselles de Rochefort

    1967 — a.k.a. The Young Girls of Rochefort, in 11 top lists Check
  21. 63 -

    Oliver!

    1968, in 6 top lists Check
  22. 17 -

    Dancer in the Dark

    2000, in 10 top lists Check
  23. 26 -

    42nd Street

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
  24. 79 -

    Sholay

    1975 — a.k.a. Embers, in 13 top lists Check
  25. 32 -

    Gold Diggers of 1933

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
  26. 54 -

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944, in 15 top lists Check
  27. 71 -

    Pakeezah

    1972 — a.k.a. Pure Heart, in 4 top lists Check
  28. 51 -

    Love Me Tonight

    1932, in 11 top lists Check
  29. 75 -

    Pyaasa

    1957, in 8 top lists Check
  30. 67 -

    On the Town

    1949, in 10 top lists Check
  31. 76 -

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  32. 78 -

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
  33. 6 -

    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
  34. 87 -

    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
  35. 91 -

    Top Hat

    1935, in 14 top lists Check
  36. 48 -

    Little Shop of Horrors

    1986, in 3 top lists Check
  37. 61 -

    New York, New York

    1977, in 5 top lists Check
  38. 45 -

    The Jazz Singer

    1927, in 6 top lists Check
  39. 30 -

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    1953, in 10 top lists Check
  40. 57 -

    Moulin Rouge!

    2001, in 15 top lists Check
  41. 37 -

    A Hard Day's Night

    1964, in 18 top lists Check
  42. 2 -

    An American in Paris

    1951, in 17 top lists Check
  43. 59 -

    Nashville

    1975, in 20 top lists Check
  44. 77 -

    Saturday Night Fever

    1977, in 13 top lists Check
  45. 14 -

    Chicago

    2002, in 8 top lists Check
  46. 34 -

    Grease

    1978, in 10 top lists Check
  47. 53 -

    Mary Poppins

    1964, in 14 top lists Check
  48. 90 -

    Swing Time

    1936, in 13 top lists Check
  49. 95 -

    West Side Story

    1961, in 21 top lists Check
  50. 97 -

    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
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