Fantastic Songs From Forgettable Movies! (See If You Agree With My Subjective Opinion!) #ProfHowdy

My Thoughts About Fantastic Music From Forgettable Movies:

1) Guys and Dolls is a 1955 American musical film starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra & Vivian Blaine. I’m personally not into Gangster Movies however some of the Love Scenes are simply amazing and the music is truly significant! This list is obviously partial & subjective to my choices however what are yours? Post them in the comments below…

2) West Side Story is a 1961 American musical romantic drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. With a screenplay by Ernest Lehman, the film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris, and was photographed by Daniel L. Fapp in Super Panavision 70. Ditto to my comments above! This list is obviously partial to my choices however what are yours? Post them in the comments below…

3) On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is a 1970 American musical comedy-drama fantasy film starring Barbra Streisand and directed by Vincente Minnelli. The screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner is adapted from his book for the 1965 stage production of the same name. The songs feature lyrics by Lerner and music by Burton Lane.

4) Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American epic musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison. It is an adaptation of the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name, with music composed by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and screenplay by Joseph Stein based on stories by Sholem Aleichem. Starring Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, and Paul Mann, the film centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one’s choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar who evicts the Jews from the town of Anatevka.

Throughout the film, Tevye talks to God and directly to the audience, breaking the fourth wall. In these monologues, Tevye ponders tradition, the difficulties of being poor, the Jewish community’s constant fear of violence from their non-Jewish neighbors, and important family decisions.

The film was released to critical acclaim and won three Academy Awards, including Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score for arranger-conductor John Williams. It was nominated for several more, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Topol as Tevye, and Best Supporting Actor for Frey, who played Motel Kamzoil the Tailor.

What’s NOT to like about an Academy Award Movie? I loved the story but it’s just not a movie I care to watch again…

This list is obviously partial & subjective to my choices however what are yours? Post them in the comments below…

5) My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical drama film adapted from the 1956 Lerner and Loewe stage musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 stage play Pygmalion. My Fair Lady is one of my favorite Broadway Musicals but the movie was disappointing. The music wasn’t as good & the fact that Julie Andrews was left out destroyed my enjoyment. The music on this video is from the show not the movie.

6) Carousel is a 1956 American drama fantasy musical film based on the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical of the same name, which in turn was based on Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 non-musical play Liliom. The film stars Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, and was directed by Henry King. Like the original stage production, the film contains what many critics consider some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beautiful songs, as well as what may be, along with the plots of Allegro, South Pacific and The King and I the most serious storyline found in their musicals.

7) Brigadoon is a 1966 American television film based on the 1947 musical Brigadoon. Two American friends, Tommy and Jeff, are stranded in Scotland when their car breaks down. They see a girl, Fiona, and follow her to her home village of Brigadoon. Everyone is preparing for Jennie Maclaren’s wedding. Although he is engaged to a girl back in America, Tommy falls for Fiona, and Jeff has a fling with Meg Brockie. The friends discover the town is under a magical spell which means it only appears once every one hundred years. Fiona wants Tommy to stay but Jeff persuades him to leave.

However, when Tommy goes back to New York he can’t forget Fiona. He returns to Scotland and manages to be reunited with Fiona.

Again the music is fantastic and the overall premise of the story is very romantic however the script is somewhat lacking…



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