Filmbrain is back with his weekly screen capture quiz. This round of screen captures focus on movie musicals. I am in movie heaven. Musicals reign. Somewhere a long time ago I was a young girl watching an old Hollywood musical on TV and fell in love. Was it Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers? Gene Kelly? Judy Garland? Debbie Reynolds? Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler? Or was it Mary Poppins? Did Disney build my love of the Hollywood musical or was it the annual watching of The Wizard of Oz? I don’t know, but I am hooked.
The musical as a movie genre faded in the late 1960s and only a few trickled out from Hollywood and many of them not well done. Disney took over the musical business with the animated features of the late 1980s and 90s (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and live-action musicals rarely appeared at the box office. Chicago helped change that.
Dreamgirls is earning tons of praise and may continue to help a revival of the art form. We’ll know it has returned when composers and writers start writing original screenplays and scores for movies and we won’t have to rely on the few musicals that succeed on Broadway tortuously adapted for film.
I’m not getting my hopes up, but even one musical a year would thrill me. Meanwhile, see if you know your musicals by visiting Filmbrain’s site. He posts the quiz every Wednesday. This week’s should be easy for you musical-lovers out there.