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April list 3: Favorite musicals

Today's list is Favorite Musicals. I feel like I need to clarify, such as, while That Thing You Do! is one of my favorite musical movies, it's not what I define as a musical, i.e. the characters break out in song and possibly dance to express themselves.

I'm sure I should put down Hamilton if I listened to it/saw it, but that hasn't happened, and yes I know I discover musicals decades after they came out.

In chronological order:

1. Duck Soup
Marx Brothers, 1933
This movie is so surreal in the first place, and then the songs are great too. I love "This Country's Going to War" and all the jokes and dialog. I will grant you that the Chico/Harpo bits where they harass a street vendor have not aged well. On the other hand: Zeppo is fiiiiine. (Granted, all the Marx Brothers are basically clones without their makeup & wigs, Zeppo is the default)

2. Top Hat/Swing Time
Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers, 1935/1936
I'm combining these two because they're nearly identical in terms of screwball comedy romance: mistaken identities, fantastic dance numbers, some darn funny dialog, last minute marriage proposals that must be stopped! and so on.
I got into these films because I caught Swing Time on TV partway through ("Never Gonna Dance") and I fell in love with that song.

3. Paint Your Wagon
Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, 1969
Let me begin by saying I did not see the movie until many years after I'd first heard the soundtrack (which my parents were gifted with one year). The movie is... a little weak in places. Also has its good points. And the soundtrack is good considering Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood were never known for their singing. (Women's voices are always dubbed, men's are always left alone.) Love the soundtrack tho so I will put up with some of the awkwardness of the movie.

4. Jesus Christ Superstar
The rock opera album version, 1971 US release
Allow me to state that I have no intention whatsoever of ever seeing a stage or film version of this. I know what it looks like in my head (Eastern European Cold War setting) and I'm sticking with that. I also leave out some of the songs at the end 'cause y'know they're depressing and stuff. ... WELL THEY ARE. But the album is pretty cool.

5. The Blues Brothers
Dan Aykroyd/John Belushi, 1980
Another one I didn't see until long, long, long after it came out. I found it surprisingly good! This one barely squeaks in as a musical (based on the above criteria) because of "Think" by Aretha Franklin. But it's very watchable and Mom actually said (when we finally made her and Dad watch it for the first time, last year) "I never knew this was a musical!" so therefore it is.

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