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"

Princess Raccoon (2005)

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Jo Odagiri, Hiroko Yakushimaru

To lovers of romance, there is nothing unusual in the story of how Amechiyo, an exiled prince, meets the exotic and mysterious girl, Tanuki-hime, in t... Read more

Two Sons of Francisco (2005)

Director: Breno Silvera
Starring: Dira Paes, Angelo Antonio, Marcio Kieling

The incredible true story of Brazil's leading country music duo. Starting out a very long way from stardom, their father was not the first to pressure... Read more

Romance and Cigarettes (2005)

Director: John Turturro
Starring: James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Mary-Louise Parke...

Writer/director John Turturro sets his ambitious musical in Queens, New York, where the marriage of working-class couple Nick Murder (James Gandolfini... Read more

Four Last Songs (2005)

Director: Francesca Joseph
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Rhys Ifans, Hugh Bonneville, Jena Malone, Jessica Stevenson, Karl...

Chronically dissatisfied musician and ex-pat, Larry (Stanley Tucci), is living on a beautiful Mediterranean island, where he makes a living playing pi... Read more

Rent (2005)

Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L Martin, Wilson Jermaine Hered...

This film adaptation of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning Broadway musical stars many of the original stage cast, and follows the lives of seven fri... Read more

The Producers (2005)

Director: Susan Stroman
Starring: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Eileen Essell, David...

Nathan Lane hams it up as Max Bialystock, a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer whose accountant Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick who, with Lane, starred i... Read more

Walk the Line (2005)

Director: James Mangold
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Dallas Rob...

Joaquin Phoenix channels the late, great Johnny Cash in this no-holds-barred biopic of the Man in Black. Bookended by the famous Folsom Prison concer... Read more

Busby Berkeley (2005)


One man. One camera. Unlimited magic. From numerous Warner Bros films of the 1930s come 21 complete musical numbers that established forever the geniu... Read more

Elvis by the Presleys (2005)

Starring: Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley

"Elvis by the Presleys" is the most revealing and poignant video portrait we will ever see of the artist as husband, father and friend. As never befor... Read more

Willie Nelson and Friends: Angels & Outlaws (2004)

Starring: Al Green, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, T...

The new live album from Willie's Network Special features Willie performing with some of his closest friends and biggest legends making music today in... Read more