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As I put on a DVD of ‘Funny Face’ (1956) starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire having no idea what I was in for, my heart sank as I realised it was a musical. I am not a fan of the genre as a rule, but found myself swept away be the catchy Gershwin songs and beautiful cinematography. And it got me thinking, there are musicals I really do enjoy, that break through my reservations about them as movies, having as they often do minimal pot of character development. I cite ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’ as an example, theere are seven brothers, they have seven brides, they dance aroud the woods, that’s it! Here are a list of such that I am… Read more

As I put on a DVD of ‘Funny Face’ (1956) starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire having no idea what I was in for, my heart sank as I realised it was a musical. I am not a fan of the genre as a rule, but found myself swept away be the catchy Gershwin songs and beautiful cinematography. And it got me thinking, there are musicals I really do enjoy, that break through my reservations about them as movies, having as they often do minimal pot of character development. I cite ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’ as an example, theere are seven brothers, they have seven brides, they dance aroud the woods, that’s it! Here are a list of such that I am unashamed to enjoy, generally they have better plots than most, and some perhaps are much more adept at disguising the fact by sweeping the viewer along with it’s numbers, fast pace and dazzling visuals. Snobbish not to find ‘Mamma Mia on here. I like it. Nonsense but nonsesne done with gusto and brio by the cast, I’d rather see something brave and bold than something slick and slightly routine (Chigago?). The list below was a real struggle, will add more as they come to me…

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