Musical Moments and Scenes
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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964, Fr./W. Germ.) (aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)
This Jacques Demy musical love story, a recitative film, was unique in that every line was sung, even the most everyday conversational phrases. The singing voices of the characters were dubbed.
The film was accompanied by a rich score by composer Michel Legrand. It received five Academy Award nominations (with no wins):
It was a heartbreaking and tragic cinematic opera about star-crossed lovers, set in the late 1950s and early 1960s:
The song I Will Wait For You (pictured) was sung by the couple as they realized that Guy will be away for two years after being drafted to fight in the Algerian war. Both lovers married others - and happened to meet each other at the gas station in the film's conclusion.
Blake Edwards' screwball sex farce, a remake of Viktor und Viktoria (1933, Germany), was also adapted into a Broadway musical in 1995. It was the recipient of seven Academy Award nominations, with one win: Best Original Song Score (Henry Mancini). The other nominations were for:
It was a lavish star vehicle for Julie Andrews, who played the role of opera singer Victoria Grant.
In a plan devised with flamboyant, gay, middle-aged cabaret singer Carroll "Toddy" Todd (Robert Preston), Victoria also assumed the role of Polish gay drag queen singer Count Victor Grezhinski - and became Toddy's new boyfriend: (Victoria: "A woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman?")
Three of the best-known songs were in these show-stopping numbers (as nightclub acts):
There was also the scene of hilariously miscast and in drag Toddy performing a reprise of Shady Dame From Seville (pictured twice) in place of Victoria, and his jokingly bitter riposte to his chorus line when finished and claiming it was his last performance: "You were marvelous - and I never want to see any of you again!"
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
This American romantic musical from director George Sidney memorably teamed two stars who were engaged in an off-screen romance at the time of filming. It was advertised in the poster's tagline as: "IT'S THAT 'GO-GO' GUY AND THAT 'BYE-BYE' GIRL IN THE FUN CAPITAL OF THE WORLD":
Remarkably, the film had no Academy Award nominations. The musical was one of Elvis' best films, and his biggest box-office hit. It was most noted for:
(alphabetical by film title)
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