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. 76 -

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  2. 2 -

    An American in Paris

    1951, in 17 top lists Check
  3. 34 -

    Grease

    1978, in 10 top lists Check
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    Calamity Jane

    1953, in 3 top lists Check
  5. 14 -

    Chicago

    2002, in 8 top lists Check
  6. 30 -

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    1953, in 10 top lists Check
  7. 37 -

    A Hard Day's Night

    1964, in 19 top lists Check
  8. 54 -

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944, in 14 top lists Check
  9. 57 -

    Moulin Rouge!

    2001, in 15 top lists Check
  10. 59 -

    Nashville

    1975, in 20 top lists Check
  11. 72 -

    Les parapluies de Cherbourg

    1964 — a.k.a. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, in 16 top lists Check
  12. 84 -

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  13. 96 -

    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 32 top lists Check
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    Cabaret

    1972, in 22 top lists Check
  15. 38 -

    The Harder They Come

    1972, in 5 top lists Check
  16. 53 -

    Mary Poppins

    1964, in 14 top lists Check
  17. 56 -

    Le million

    1931 — a.k.a. The Million, in 7 top lists Check
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    Saturday Night Fever

    1977, in 13 top lists Check
  19. 85 -

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    1937, in 23 top lists Check
  20. 86 -

    The Sound of Music

    1965, in 19 top lists Check
  21. 91 -

    Top Hat

    1935, in 13 top lists Check
  22. 95 -

    West Side Story

    1961, in 21 top lists Check
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    42nd Street

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
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    8 femmes

    2002 — a.k.a. 8 Women, in 2 top lists Check
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    Afrita hanem

    1949 — a.k.a. Little Miss Devil, in 1 top list Check
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    Anchors Aweigh

    1945, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ansiedad

    1953 — a.k.a. Anxiety, in 1 top list Check
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    Applause

    1929, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
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    Cabin in the Sky

    1943, in 2 top lists Check
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    Car Wash

    1976, in 1 top list Check
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    Carmen Jones

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
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    Carousel

    1956, in 1 top list Check
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    Cavalcade

    1933, in 4 top lists Check
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    Come on George!

    1939, in 1 top list Check
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    Cover Girl

    1944, in 3 top lists Check
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    Dancer in the Dark

    2000, in 9 top lists Check
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    Les demoiselles de Rochefort

    1967 — a.k.a. The Young Girls of Rochefort, in 11 top lists Check
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    Die 3 Groschen-Oper

    1931 — a.k.a. The 3 Penny Opera, in 6 top lists Check
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    Dil Se..

    1998, in 2 top lists Check
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    Easter Parade

    1948, in 1 top list Check
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    Evergreen

    1934, in 2 top lists Check
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    Flying Down to Rio

    1933, in 2 top lists Check
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    Footlight Parade

    1933, in 5 top lists Check
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    Footloose

    1984, in 1 top list Check
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    Funny Face

    1957, in 5 top lists Check
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    Funny Girl

    1968, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Gay Divorcee

    1934, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Girl Can't Help It

    1956, in 6 top lists Check
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    Gold Diggers of 1933

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
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