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70s Musical Extravaganza!

When you think of the movie musical, the 1970s are not the first decade that comes to mind. But I love how that funky vital wilderness between the fall of the studio system and the ascent of the modern blockbuster manifested itself in this genre. One of cinema's most classic forms was taken up by New Hollywood directors. It resulted in nostalgia as often as innovation, but more often than not the two mixed and filtered through a culture that was itself reeling from the 60s into the 80s. Things got weird. This is not a comprehensive list, it's one movie per year, and is highly personal, meaning better movies were ignored for ones that I have more of connection to, or just something to say about.

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  • Donkey Skin
  • The Boy Friend
  • Cabaret
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Phantom of the Paradise
  • At Long Last Love
  • Bugsy Malone
  • Pete's Dragon
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • All That Jazz
  • Popeye