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This is by far my favorite musical. The show is filled with bits of comedy, but also maintains how serious and important this time in American history was. The movie is made all the better considering Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) plays John Adams. Even though it may not be the most historically accurate movie, it's still good!
A spiritual precursor to Hamilton, 1776 is the musical about the signing of the American Declaration of Independence, if you can imagine such a thing. Well why not? One of the things that gives the U.S.A. its potent allure both within its borders and abroad is how well the nation's birth was mythologized. The film plays into those myths, but also pokes fun at it, being a bit more ribald than one expects from the strictly 60s look of it (it was old-fashioned for 1972, not a problem out of its original context). Now, it sometimes goes too long without a song, usually because of drawn out Congress scenes, but the music is replaced by wit, vim and vigor, and I couldn't help liking the way the Founding Fathers (and their political opponents) were portrayed. The story is also punctuated using the lovely (and mythologically famous) relationship between John and Abigail Adams. An amusing but also rousing interpretation of the legend, if not the strict historical fact, of America's beginnings.
1776 is one of the greatest musical movies I've every seen. It personalizes the illustrious wig - wearing men in the long, hot days leading up to our Independence Day. Great singing, great singers, (especially the actor who played Jefferson), and a surprising, but good ending to top it all off.
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