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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"

Xanadu (1980)

5.1/10
Director: Robert Greenwald
Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck

'Xanadu' is a look at the future and a loving rememberance of the way things were in the heyday of Hollywood. The musical score includes the hit songs... Read more

Yentl (1983)

6.6/10
Director: Barbra Streisand
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving

Barbra Streisand directs herself in a sweeping entertainment based on the I B Singer short story about a young woman who disguises herself as a young... Read more

You'll Never Get Rich / You Were Never Lovelier (1941)

Director: Sidney Lanfield, William A Seiter
Starring: Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, John Hubbard, Adolphe Menjou

"You'll Never Get Rich" (1941) - An eccentric New York theater owner has his eye on the beautiful chorus girl Sheila Winthrop (Rita Hayworth). His wif... Read more

You, The Living (2007)

7.5/10
Director: Roy Andersson
Starring: Jessika Lundberg, Elisabeth Helander, Bjorn Englund, Leif Larsson

A tragi-comic panorama of the human condition, Swedish director Roy Andersson ('Songs from the Second Floor') has stitiched together 50 short scenes o... Read more

Young At Heart (1954)

6.9/10
Director: Gordon Douglas
Starring: Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Gig Young, Ethel Barrymore

A great musical/drama, based on the 1938 film 'Four Daughters', with Frank Sinatra as a musician who comes to a small town to work with composer Alex... Read more

Young Man With A Horn (1950)

7.2/10
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael, Juano Hernandez

Based on the life of jazz trumpeter Bix Biederbecke and adapted from the novel by Dorothy Baker, Kirk Douglas is the Bix character, Rick Martin, one o... Read more

Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

6.6/10
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, William Powell, Esther Williams, Red Skelt...

This enchanting MGM musical treat has late, great showman Florenz Ziegfeld (William Powell) looking down from heaven and envisioning an assortment of... Read more