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. 45 -

    The Jazz Singer

    1927, in 6 top lists Check
  2. 5 -

    Applause

    1929, in 4 top lists Check
  3. 36 -

    Hallelujah

    1929, in 3 top lists Check
  4. 52 -

    The Love Parade

    1929, in 5 top lists Check
  5. 20 -

    Die 3 Groschen-Oper

    1931 — a.k.a. The 3 Penny Opera, in 7 top lists Check
  6. 47 -

    Der Kongreß tanzt

    1931 — a.k.a. Congress Dances, in 5 top lists Check
  7. 56 -

    Le million

    1931 — a.k.a. The Million, in 7 top lists Check
  8. 51 -

    Love Me Tonight

    1932, in 11 top lists Check
  9. 65 -

    One Hour with You

    1932, in 6 top lists Check
  10. 26 -

    42nd Street

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
  11. 13 -

    Cavalcade

    1933, in 4 top lists Check
  12. 23 -

    Flying Down to Rio

    1933, in 2 top lists Check
  13. 24 -

    Footlight Parade

    1933, in 5 top lists Check
  14. 32 -

    Gold Diggers of 1933

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
  15. 93 -

    Viktor und Viktoria

    1933 — a.k.a. Victor and Victoria, in 2 top lists Check
  16. 22 -

    Evergreen

    1934, in 2 top lists Check
  17. 29 -

    The Gay Divorcee

    1934, in 5 top lists Check
  18. 55 -

    The Merry Widow

    1934, in 2 top lists Check
  19. 83 -

    Sing As We Go!

    1934, in 3 top lists Check
  20. 100 -

    Zouzou

    1934, in 1 top list Check
  21. 49 -

    The Littlest Rebel

    1935, in 1 top list Check
  22. 60 -

    Naughty Marietta

    1935, in 3 top lists Check
  23. 91 -

    Top Hat

    1935, in 14 top lists Check
  24. 80 -

    Show Boat

    1936, in 7 top lists Check
  25. 90 -

    Swing Time

    1936, in 13 top lists Check
  26. 66 -

    One Hundred Men and a Girl

    1937, in 3 top lists Check
  27. 85 -

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    1937, in 24 top lists Check
  28. 94 -

    Volga - Volga

    1938, in 2 top lists Check
  29. 98 -

    You and Me

    1938, in 3 top lists Check
  30. 15 -

    Come on George!

    1939, in 1 top list Check
  31. 96 -

    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 33 top lists Check
  32. 40 -

    Holiday Inn

    1942, in 1 top list Check
  33. 97 -

    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
  34. 8 -

    Cabin in the Sky

    1943, in 2 top lists Check
  35. 88 -

    Stormy Weather

    1943, in 4 top lists Check
  36. 16 -

    Cover Girl

    1944, in 3 top lists Check
  37. 54 -

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944, in 15 top lists Check
  38. 3 -

    Anchors Aweigh

    1945, in 3 top lists Check
  39. 99 -

    Ziegfeld Follies

    1945, in 1 top list Check
  40. 21 -

    Easter Parade

    1948, in 1 top list Check
  41. 74 -

    The Pirate

    1948, in 2 top lists Check
  42. 89 -

    Summer Holiday

    1948, in 1 top list Check
  43. 1 -

    Afrita hanem

    1949 — a.k.a. Little Miss Devil, in 1 top list Check
  44. 67 -

    On the Town

    1949, in 10 top lists Check
  45. 2 -

    An American in Paris

    1951, in 17 top lists Check
  46. 84 -

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  47. 4 -

    Ansiedad

    1953 — a.k.a. Anxiety, in 1 top list Check
  48. 6 -

    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
  49. 9 -

    Calamity Jane

    1953, in 3 top lists Check
  50. 30 -

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    1953, in 10 top lists Check
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