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. 2 -

    An American in Paris

    1951, in 17 top lists Check
  2. 6 -

    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
  3. 7 -

    Cabaret

    1972, in 22 top lists Check
  4. 10 -

    Car Wash

    1976, in 1 top list Check
  5. 11 -

    Carmen Jones

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
  6. 13 -

    Cavalcade

    1933, in 4 top lists Check
  7. 16 -

    Cover Girl

    1944, in 3 top lists Check
  8. 19 -

    Dil Se..

    1998, in 2 top lists Check
  9. 21 -

    Easter Parade

    1948, in 1 top list Check
  10. 22 -

    Evergreen

    1934, in 2 top lists Check
  11. 23 -

    Flying Down to Rio

    1933, in 2 top lists Check
  12. 24 -

    Footlight Parade

    1933, in 5 top lists Check
  13. 25 -

    Footloose

    1984, in 1 top list Check
  14. 26 -

    42nd Street

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
  15. 27 -

    Funny Face

    1957, in 5 top lists Check
  16. 29 -

    The Gay Divorcee

    1934, in 5 top lists Check
  17. 30 -

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    1953, in 10 top lists Check
  18. 34 -

    Grease

    1978, in 10 top lists Check
  19. 35 -

    Guys and Dolls

    1955, in 6 top lists Check
  20. 44 -

    Janken musume

    1955 — a.k.a. So Young, So Bright, in 1 top list Check
  21. 46 -

    Kiss Me Kate

    1953, in 2 top lists Check
  22. 51 -

    Love Me Tonight

    1932, in 11 top lists Check
  23. 52 -

    The Love Parade

    1929, in 5 top lists Check
  24. 55 -

    The Merry Widow

    1934, in 2 top lists Check
  25. 57 -

    Moulin Rouge!

    2001, in 15 top lists Check
  26. 58 -

    The Music Man

    1962, in 6 top lists Check
  27. 62 -

    Oklahoma!

    1955, in 5 top lists Check
  28. 64 -

    One from the Heart

    1981, in 1 top list Check
  29. 65 -

    One Hour with You

    1932, in 6 top lists Check
  30. 67 -

    On the Town

    1949, in 10 top lists Check
  31. 70 -

    The Pajama Game

    1957, in 2 top lists Check
  32. 71 -

    Pakeezah

    1972 — a.k.a. Pure Heart, in 4 top lists Check
  33. 72 -

    Les parapluies de Cherbourg

    1964 — a.k.a. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, in 16 top lists Check
  34. 73 -

    Pas sur la bouche

    2003 — a.k.a. Not on the Lips, in 2 top lists Check
  35. 75 -

    Pyaasa

    1957, in 8 top lists Check
  36. 81 -

    Shree 420

    1955 — a.k.a. Mr. 420, in 4 top lists Check
  37. 82 -

    Silk Stockings

    1957, in 4 top lists Check
  38. 84 -

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  39. 87 -

    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
  40. 90 -

    Swing Time

    1936, in 12 top lists Check
  41. 91 -

    Top Hat

    1935, in 13 top lists Check
  42. 98 -

    You and Me

    1938, in 2 top lists Check
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    Zouzou

    1934, in 1 top list Check
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