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Musicals

As soon as sound was introduced to the movies, the movie musical was born. The musical was one of the most popular movie entertainments from the 1930s through to the 50s, before falling out of favour at the end of the 60s for audiences now being weened on Vietnam, race riots, political assassinations, flower power and psychedelia. The musical still continued onwards, albeit in a different form, with various efforts such as "Cabaret", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Grease", "Hair", "All That Jazz" and "The Blues Brothers" appearing over the next decade. More recently, "Moulin Rouge" and particularly "Chicago" hark back to the glory days of the musical. Right: Liza Minnelli does "Cabaret"

A Star is Born (Blu-Ray) (2018)

8.4/10
Director: Bradley Cooper
Starring: Andrew Dice Clay, Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle, Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lady G...

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers -- and falls in love with -- struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big... Read more

A Star Is Born (Blu-Ray) (1976)

7.7/10
Director: Frank Pierson
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey

Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson are the leads in this third version. A talented wife whose star is on the rise quickly overshadows her husband... Read more

A Star Is Born (Garland) (1954)

7.8/10
Director: George Cukor
Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason, Charles Bickford

The restored version of this masterpiece. Directed by George Cukor this classic musical drama about the doomed marriage of an entertainer whose career... Read more

A Star Is Born (Streisand) (1976)

7.8/10
Director: Frank Pierson
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey

Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson are the leads in this third version. A talented wife whose star is on the rise quickly overshadows her husband... Read more

A Woman is a Woman ( Une Femme Est Une Femme ) (1961)

7.6/10
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo

'A Woman Is A Woman'. Godard's light-hearted tribute to Hollywood musicals, with Anna Karina as a nightclub stripper who wants a baby and expects eith... Read more

Absolute Beginners (1986)

5.6/10
Director: Julien Temple
Starring: David Bowie, Patsy Kensit, Eddie O'Connell, Anita Morris, James Fox

When London was starting to swing, they called the first teenagers 'Absolute Beginners'. David Bowie stars in this film which charts the lives of two... Read more

Across the Universe (2007)

7.4/10
Director: Julie Taymor
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy, T...

A revolutionary rock musical, performed by the cast and inspired by the songs of The Beatles, that re-imagines America in the turbulent late 1960s, a... Read more

Across the Universe ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

7.4/10
Director: Julie Taymor
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy, T...

A revolutionary rock musical, performed by the cast and inspired by the songs of The Beatles, that re-imagines America in the turbulent late 1960s, a... Read more

Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)

7/10
Director: Henry King
Starring: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Ethel Merman, Jack Haley

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture, this entertaining musical chronicles the professional and romantic ups and downs of a trio of p... Read more

All That Jazz (1979)

7.8/10
Director: Bob Fosse
Starring: Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking, Roy Scheider, Leland Palmer, Ben Vereen, Cliff Gorm...

Bob Fosse casts Roy Scheider as basically himself in this semi-autobiographical musical extravaganza. He's a talented director/choreographer who loves... Read more