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. 5 -

    Applause

    1929, in 4 top lists Check
  2. 7 -

    Cabaret

    1972, in 22 top lists Check
  3. 10 -

    Car Wash

    1976, in 1 top list Check
  4. 11 -

    Carmen Jones

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
  5. 12 -

    Carousel

    1956, in 1 top list Check
  6. 13 -

    Cavalcade

    1933, in 4 top lists Check
  7. 17 -

    Dancer in the Dark

    2000, in 9 top lists Check
  8. 18 -

    Les demoiselles de Rochefort

    1967 — a.k.a. The Young Girls of Rochefort, in 11 top lists Check
  9. 19 -

    Dil Se..

    1998, in 2 top lists Check
  10. 20 -

    Die 3 Groschen-Oper

    1931 — a.k.a. The 3 Penny Opera, in 6 top lists Check
  11. 25 -

    Footloose

    1984, in 1 top list Check
  12. 28 -

    Funny Girl

    1968, in 9 top lists Check
  13. 32 -

    Gold Diggers of 1933

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
  14. 36 -

    Hallelujah

    1929, in 3 top lists Check
  15. 38 -

    The Harder They Come

    1972, in 5 top lists Check
  16. 39 -

    High School Musical

    2006, in 1 top list Check
  17. 40 -

    Holiday Inn

    1942, in 1 top list Check
  18. 42 -

    It's Always Fair Weather

    1955, in 3 top lists Check
  19. 43 -

    Jailhouse Rock

    1957, in 4 top lists Check
  20. 45 -

    The Jazz Singer

    1927, in 6 top lists Check
  21. 49 -

    The Littlest Rebel

    1935, in 1 top list Check
  22. 50 -

    Love Me or Leave Me

    1955, in 2 top lists Check
  23. 54 -

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944, in 14 top lists Check
  24. 57 -

    Moulin Rouge!

    2001, in 15 top lists Check
  25. 59 -

    Nashville

    1975, in 20 top lists Check
  26. 60 -

    Naughty Marietta

    1935, in 3 top lists Check
  27. 61 -

    New York, New York

    1977, in 5 top lists Check
  28. 63 -

    Oliver!

    1968, in 6 top lists Check
  29. 71 -

    Pakeezah

    1972 — a.k.a. Pure Heart, in 4 top lists Check
  30. 72 -

    Les parapluies de Cherbourg

    1964 — a.k.a. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, in 16 top lists Check
  31. 75 -

    Pyaasa

    1957, in 8 top lists Check
  32. 77 -

    Saturday Night Fever

    1977, in 13 top lists Check
  33. 78 -

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
  34. 80 -

    Show Boat

    1936, in 8 top lists Check
  35. 81 -

    Shree 420

    1955 — a.k.a. Mr. 420, in 4 top lists Check
  36. 86 -

    The Sound of Music

    1965, in 19 top lists Check
  37. 87 -

    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
  38. 95 -

    West Side Story

    1961, in 21 top lists Check
  39. 97 -

    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
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