This week was a week close to my heart. Yes, it's Thursday, and that means that it's time for another installment of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks, where we choose three films sharing a specific theme. This week I had a hard time narrowing my list down, because, off the top of my head, I had a list of 30; seriously.
Any guess as to the theme?
Yes, I know that it's in the post title...
Today we're talking about:
So, in an effort to narrow this down, I decided to stay within a decade, choosing films only from the 80's (since that's a decade I've been exploring deeper lately) and I tried to give three very different interpretations of the genre. I hope you like these!
This is such a cool interpretation of the musical genre because it plays with the genre in ways you wouldn't expect. None of the actors actually sing, which is part of the gimmick. Instead, the lip-sync over classic records. Sure, they dance and prance and make the most of those glorious sets, but their mouths utter no sound. Next, the film is horribly bleak. Despite the glitz and glam and lavishness of many of the musical numbers, the story is extremely depressing and the ending is far from a happy one. Still, it is an exceptional film (my Best Picture winning for 1981) and a real triumph of genre.
This is the newest addition to my musical collection, and I'm in love. Achingly romantic and desperately atmospheric, this lavish opera (yes, it's an OPERA) is almost too much for my heart to handle. Those booming voices, that tragic love story, those sets dripping with lushness; what more could you ask for! Also, I might add that I'm convinced Baz adores this film, as it feels like it must have been the inspiration for 'Moulin Rouge!'...just watch and you'll see.
I'll be honest, on my initial list my #1 choice was 'Beauty and the Beast', but then I decided to stick to the 80's. so I went with the next best thing. Yup, Disney has always had a knack for giving us full and rousing musicals, and 'The Little Mermaid' is top tier, for sure. Whether Ariel if belting out the heartfelt 'Part of Your World' or Sebastian is jovially inviting us to party with him, 'Under the Sea', this film is filled with exceptional music that gets to the heart of what it means to be a musical!
|Pennies From Heaven|
|The Little Mermaid|