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. 84 -

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  2. 76 -

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  3. 53 -

    Mary Poppins

    1964, in 14 top lists Check
  4. 37 -

    A Hard Day's Night

    1964, in 19 top lists Check
  5. 54 -

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944, in 15 top lists Check
  6. 91 -

    Top Hat

    1935, in 15 top lists Check
  7. 14 -

    Chicago

    2002, in 7 top lists Check
  8. 6 -

    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
  9. 90 -

    Swing Time

    1936, in 12 top lists Check
  10. 26 -

    42nd Street

    1933, in 12 top lists Check
  11. 32 -

    Gold Diggers of 1933

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
  12. 30 -

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    1953, in 10 top lists Check
  13. 18 -

    Les demoiselles de Rochefort

    1967 — a.k.a. The Young Girls of Rochefort, in 11 top lists Check
  14. 67 -

    On the Town

    1949, in 10 top lists Check
  15. 51 -

    Love Me Tonight

    1932, in 11 top lists Check
  16. 78 -

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
  17. 48 -

    Little Shop of Horrors

    1986, in 3 top lists Check
  18. 28 -

    Funny Girl

    1968, in 8 top lists Check
  19. 56 -

    Le million

    1931 — a.k.a. The Million, in 7 top lists Check
  20. 27 -

    Funny Face

    1957, in 5 top lists Check
  21. 24 -

    Footlight Parade

    1933, in 5 top lists Check
  22. 35 -

    Guys and Dolls

    1955, in 6 top lists Check
  23. 29 -

    The Gay Divorcee

    1934, in 5 top lists Check
  24. 79 -

    Sholay

    1975 — a.k.a. Embers, in 14 top lists Check
  25. 20 -

    Die 3 Groschen-Oper

    1931 — a.k.a. The 3 Penny Opera, in 7 top lists Check
  26. 58 -

    The Music Man

    1962, in 6 top lists Check
  27. 55 -

    The Merry Widow

    1934, in 2 top lists Check
  28. 41 -

    8 femmes

    2002 — a.k.a. 8 Women, in 2 top lists Check
  29. 65 -

    One Hour with You

    1932, in 6 top lists Check
  30. 52 -

    The Love Parade

    1929, in 5 top lists Check
  31. 80 -

    Show Boat

    1936, in 8 top lists Check
  32. 42 -

    It's Always Fair Weather

    1955, in 3 top lists Check
  33. 74 -

    The Pirate

    1948, in 2 top lists Check
  34. 9 -

    Calamity Jane

    1953, in 3 top lists Check
  35. 31 -

    The Girl Can't Help It

    1956, in 6 top lists Check
  36. 3 -

    Anchors Aweigh

    1945, in 3 top lists Check
  37. 40 -

    Holiday Inn

    1942, in 1 top list Check
  38. 46 -

    Kiss Me Kate

    1953, in 2 top lists Check
  39. 47 -

    Der Kongreß tanzt

    1931 — a.k.a. Congress Dances, in 5 top lists Check
  40. 16 -

    Cover Girl

    1944, in 3 top lists Check
  41. 39 -

    High School Musical

    2006, in 1 top list Check
  42. 23 -

    Flying Down to Rio

    1933, in 2 top lists Check
  43. 92 -

    True Stories

    1986, in 3 top lists Check
  44. 82 -

    Silk Stockings

    1957, in 4 top lists Check
  45. 99 -

    Ziegfeld Follies

    1945, in 1 top list Check
  46. 66 -

    One Hundred Men and a Girl

    1937, in 3 top lists Check
  47. 10 -

    Car Wash

    1976, in 1 top list Check
  48. 70 -

    The Pajama Game

    1957, in 2 top lists Check
  49. 22 -

    Evergreen

    1934, in 2 top lists Check
  50. 73 -

    Pas sur la bouche

    2003 — a.k.a. Not on the Lips, in 2 top lists Check
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