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. 79 -

    Sholay

    1975 — a.k.a. Embers, in 13 top lists Check
  2. 86 -

    The Sound of Music

    1965, in 21 top lists Check
  3. 81 -

    Shree 420

    1955 — a.k.a. Mr. 420, in 4 top lists Check
  4. 19 -

    Dil Se..

    1998, in 2 top lists Check
  5. 59 -

    Nashville

    1975, in 20 top lists Check
  6. 61 -

    New York, New York

    1977, in 5 top lists Check
  7. 87 -

    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
  8. 63 -

    Oliver!

    1968, in 6 top lists Check
  9. 95 -

    West Side Story

    1961, in 22 top lists Check
  10. 28 -

    Funny Girl

    1968, in 9 top lists Check
  11. 58 -

    The Music Man

    1962, in 6 top lists Check
  12. 35 -

    Guys and Dolls

    1955, in 6 top lists Check
  13. 71 -

    Pakeezah

    1972 — a.k.a. Pure Heart, in 4 top lists Check
  14. 75 -

    Pyaasa

    1957, in 8 top lists Check
  15. 62 -

    Oklahoma!

    1955, in 5 top lists Check
  16. 3 -

    Anchors Aweigh

    1945, in 3 top lists Check
  17. 17 -

    Dancer in the Dark

    2000, in 9 top lists Check
  18. 53 -

    Mary Poppins

    1964, in 14 top lists Check
  19. 12 -

    Carousel

    1956, in 1 top list Check
  20. 57 -

    Moulin Rouge!

    2001, in 15 top lists Check
  21. 97 -

    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
  22. 7 -

    Cabaret

    1972, in 22 top lists Check
  23. 50 -

    Love Me or Leave Me

    1955, in 2 top lists Check
  24. 18 -

    Les demoiselles de Rochefort

    1967 — a.k.a. The Young Girls of Rochefort, in 11 top lists Check
  25. 68 -

    Opera Jawa

    2006 — a.k.a. Requiem from Java, in 4 top lists Check
  26. 77 -

    Saturday Night Fever

    1977, in 13 top lists Check
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    Silk Stockings

    1957, in 4 top lists Check
  28. 73 -

    Pas sur la bouche

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

    1951, in 17 top lists Check
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    Chicago

    2002, in 8 top lists Check
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    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944, in 14 top lists Check
  32. 80 -

    Show Boat

    1936, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
  34. 13 -

    Cavalcade

    1933, in 4 top lists Check
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    Die 3 Groschen-Oper

    1931 — a.k.a. The 3 Penny Opera, in 7 top lists Check
  36. 41 -

    8 femmes

    2002 — a.k.a. 8 Women, in 2 top lists Check
  37. 34 -

    Grease

    1978, in 10 top lists Check
  38. 99 -

    Ziegfeld Follies

    1945, in 1 top list Check
  39. 36 -

    Hallelujah

    1929, in 3 top lists Check
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    Kiss Me Kate

    1953, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ansiedad

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

    1944, in 3 top lists Check
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    Easter Parade

    1948, in 1 top list Check
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    Footloose

    1984, in 1 top list Check
  45. 29 -

    The Gay Divorcee

    1934, in 5 top lists Check
  46. 52 -

    The Love Parade

    1929, in 5 top lists Check
  47. 64 -

    One from the Heart

    1981, in 1 top list Check
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    Carmen Jones

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
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    Naughty Marietta

    1935, in 3 top lists Check
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    Footlight Parade

    1933, in 5 top lists Check
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