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Musicals- The genre
This genre has song and dance performances interwoven in its narrative. The movies can also be centered on music combinations and choreography. The songs, therefore, serve the purpose of taking the story forward or simply enhancing the audience’s experience. With lyrics that support the plot, often with an alternative vision of reality, this genre is considered to be one of the most escapist genres in movies.
Such films are characterized by grand costumes and lavish sets. Musicals in their earlier form often centered round famous stars, well-known for their singing and dancing skills, like Elvis Presley in ‘Jailhouse Rock’.
The common themes explored by this genre are love, wealth, success, popularity etc.
The beginning of musicals
This genre came into being in the 1930s and continued successfully till the 1960s. During these years, musical movies were a hit in the western world.
The first examples of movies made in the genre would be ‘Lee De Forest’ in the year 1923-24, ‘The Jazz Singer’ in 1927, ‘The Singing Fool’ in 1928 etc.
Some of the initial all-talkie movies with musical sequences are ‘Lights of New York’, ‘The Broadway Melody’, ‘The Love Parade’ etc.
This time saw movies being made in Technicolor. ‘The Desert Song’ in 1929 was partly filmed in Technicolor. After this came ‘On with Snow’ in the same year, which was the first all-color and all-talking musical movie. This was followed by ‘Gold Diggers of Broadway’ in the same year, the second such a film.
What succeeded this was a deluge of musicals in the Hollywood industry. Almost hundred musicals were released in the year 1930. With so many musicals in a single year, the audience grew saturated; hence, producers became compelled to cut back on the song-and-dance sequences. This led to the growth of all-talking musical films.
They adapt stage production to a movie. They showcase various themes ranging from comedy to drama. ‘My Fair Lady’ is a classic example of this sub-genre.
It has a simple plot with elaborate song and dance sequences. It aims at different age groups, thereby satisfying each member of the family. ‘The Sound of Music’ can be termed as a good example of this sub-genre.