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  • The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

    SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Tops AFI's List of
    25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

    Other Honorees Include Well-Loved Musicals WEST SIDE STORY,
    THE WIZARD OF OZ, SOUND OF MUSIC and CABARET

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- American Film Institute (AFI) revealed the top 25 movie musicals of all time in The Big Picture -- AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals, a one-night only presentation produced by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association in cooperation with AFI. A jury of over 500 film artists, composers, musicians, critics and historians selected the Gene Kelly song-and-dance classic SINGIN' IN THE RAIN as the most memorable movie musical of all time.

    Rounding off the top 10 were movie musicals from the 1930s to today, including: WEST SIDE STORY (#2); THE WIZARD OF OZ (#3); THE SOUND OF MUSIC (#4); CABARET (#5); MARY POPPINS (#6); A STAR IS BORN (#7); MY FAIR LADY (#8); AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (#9); and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (#10).
    Spanning a century of film music and counting down from 25 to number one throughout the evening, Director John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performed excerpts from each of the winning musicals, many of them accompanied by favorite movie scenes shown on the Bowl's big video screens. While television broadcasts have announced the previous nine installments of AFI's 100 Years ... series, following the success of last year's AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores, this is now the second time an AFI countdown was revealed before a live audience.
    The Honorees Are ...
    FILM TITLE YEAR STUDIO
    1 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    2 WEST SIDE STORY 1961 United Artists
    3 WIZARD OF OZ, THE 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    4 SOUND OF MUSIC, THE 1965 Twentieth Century-Fox
    5 CABARET 1972 Allied Artists
    6 MARY POPPINS 1964 Disney
    7 STAR IS BORN, A 1954 Warner Bros.
    8 MY FAIR LADY 1964 Warner Bros.
    9 AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN 1951 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    10 MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS 1944 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    11 KING AND I, THE 1956 Twentieth Century-Fox
    12 CHICAGO 2002 Miramax
    13 42ND STREET 1933 Warner Bros.
    14 ALL THAT JAZZ 1979 Twentieth Century-Fox, Columbia
    15 TOP HAT 1935 RKO
    16 FUNNY GIRL 1968 Columbia
    17 BAND WAGON, THE 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    18 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY 1942 Warner Bros.
    19 ON THE TOWN 1949 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    20 GREASE 1978 Paramount
    21 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS 1954 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    22 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 1991 Disney
    23 GUYS AND DOLLS 1955 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    24 SHOW BOAT 1936 Universal
    25 MOULIN ROUGE! 2001 Twentieth Century Fox

    Created as a sidebar to AFI's popular AFI's 100 Years ... series, AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals continues the mission of this program -- to reignite an interest in classic American cinema. This theme additionally befits the Hollywood Bowl's annual movie night, which brings to life the music of the world's most beloved films.

    AFI's 100 Years ... series has garnered considerable attention from movie lovers around the world -- and consistently sparks national discussions of America's film history. Previous programs within this series have included AFI 100 Years ... 100 Movies (1998), ... 100 Stars (1999), ... 100 Laughs (2000), ... 100 Thrills (2001), ... 100 Passions (2002), ... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003), ... 100 Songs (2004), ... 100 Movie Quotes (2005) and ... 100 Cheers (2006).
    http://sev.prnewswire.com/entertainm...4092006-1.html
    Last edited by ALIASd; 09-13-2006, 01:16 PM.
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    Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

    I'd say that's a pretty good list. There are a few that I'm not personally fond of, but I can't deny their historical significance or general impact. I would love to have been there for the live experience!



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    • #3
      Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

      Moulin Rouge???? Great list except for that.

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      • #4
        Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

        You're right... Moulin Rouge deserves to be higher on the list.

        Too bad it only recognizes American-made movies. Perhaps Love should've been included.
        -Tim

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        • #5
          Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

          Originally posted by FrumiousBoojum View Post
          You're right... Moulin Rouge deserves to be higher on the list.
          I think you misunderstood. Moulin Rouge has no place on that list. That movie sucked!!!

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          • #6
            Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

            Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
            Moulin Rouge???? Great list except for that.
            Like it or not, you can't deny the the role it played in reviving the mainstream interest in film musicals. Like I said in my post, there are several films/musicals on the list I loathe. Just my personal taste though. I can appreciate their place in history and their deserved spots on this list.



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            • #7
              Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

              Moulin Rouge? meh. It tried way to hard to be cutting edge and innovative. Instead it was just embarrassing, even painful to watch at times.

              I'd put The Music Man, Easter Parade or How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (among others) well ahead of it.

              Other than that, I love the list. I'm not a big fan of The Sound of Music, but I can't deny its popularity.
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              • #8
                Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

                I've always had problems with these AFI lists. "Cabaret" not being on this latest one is outrageous.

                Thanks FB for pointing out that "Cabaret" is No. 5. I was so dumbfounded that "Moulin Rouge" even made it on the list that I'd forgotten what preceded it.
                Last edited by desertdweller; 09-06-2006, 12:13 PM. Reason: Update and acknowledgement of a mistake pointed out at Post #9
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                • #9
                  Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

                  Originally posted by desertdweller View Post
                  I've always had problems with these AFI lists. "Cabaret" not being on this latest one is outrageous.
                  Cabaret is #5...
                  -Tim

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                  • #10
                    Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

                    Where's Rocky Horror Picture Show?
                    What an idiot....

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                    • #11
                      Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

                      Originally posted by Tui View Post
                      Where's Rocky Horror Picture Show?
                      #26.
                      -Tim

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                      • #12
                        Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

                        But where is Jazz Man?
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                        • #13
                          Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

                          #28.

                          UHF is #27.
                          -Tim

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                          • #14
                            Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

                            I think 'Paint Your Wagon' should have been on there. And they should replace Moulin Rouge with Phantom. Agreed neither were that good, but Phantom was better then Moulin.

                            They also should have put Tommy and The Wall on there.
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                            • #15
                              Re: The AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

                              But WHERE is Singin' in the Rain?
                              St. Elizabeth, Patron Saint of Themed parks. Protect us from break downs, long lines, and used gum. Amen.

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