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  • An American in Paris

    While not nearly the musical it's cracked up to be, this 1951 film is absolutely required viewing for anyone who wants to see the studio system (MGM style) at its gaudiest, most Byzantine height. more...
  • Annie (PG)

    John Huston is listed as director of this elephantine Ray Stark production, based on the Broadway musical (which was based, in turn, on Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie comic strip), but this is the kind of overproduced monolith in which even better directors can easily lose their way. more...
  • Catch My Soul

    Patrick McGoohan (co-creator of The Prisoner) directed this 1974 rock opera adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello. more...
  • Clambake

    Elvis Presley stars as a po'boy water-ski instructor (except he's actually rich) competing with the beachfront swells for girls and glory. more...
  • The Crumbles

    Akira Boch's first feature has the breezy appeal of an early sound comedy, the inconsequential story providing an opportunity for lively, affectionate characterization. more...
  • Fame (PG)

    This slick remake of Alan Parker’s 1980 musical follows a diverse group of teens through four years at LaGuardia Arts, the famous performing arts high school in Manhattan. more...
  • Juke Joint

    Spencer Williams directed his last big-screen comedy with this ultralow-budget 1947 effort, about two penniless con men who charm a woman into putting them up in return for coaching her daughter for an upcoming beauty contest. more...
  • The Lion King (G)

    Eschewing fairy tales and other literary sources, Disney's usual bread and butter for cartoon musicals, this animated feature about animal life in an African forest (1994) is based on an original script by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton. more...
  • Lisztomania (R)

    A psychobiography of Franz Liszt (played by Roger Daltrey), this is Ken Russell's most furiously convoluted film to date—a morass of misplaced energy. more...
  • Nine (PG-13)

    Not to be confused with Shane Acker's dismal animation 9, this is another razzmatazz musical adapted by Rob Marshall (Chicago) from a Broadway show. more...