EPISODE 477: TCM CLASSIC FILM FEST 2016 WRAP-UP

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  1. Juhani Kenttä says:

    I thought the story was actually that Dreyer didn’t oppose the film having a score, he just never heard a definitive one that fit his vision. Anyways, sounds like David’s experience was close to a perfect scenario to see it in. I’m a little jealous.

  2. Ben Hunter says:

    So let me get this straight BP will rail against Hamilton on multiple podcasts at the slightest mention of musicals but Mama Mia gets the BP 21 Cannon Salute? I get you have a problem with the musical not really being the genre it claims to be (btw, why wasn’t the comparison to RENT and not JCSS for fake rock music?) but I’m not sure how I feel about something trying to examine a moment in history/say something about our current state/etc getting slammed but a “feather light”, bubblegum, jukebox musical getting a standing O. Come on BP, maybe don’t point out a jazz hand in someone else’s eye when you have a grapevine sticking out of your own. Don’t make me form a massage circle and play improv games up in here.

    • Juhani Kenttä says:

      “something trying to examine a moment in history/say something about our current state/etc getting slammed but a “feather light”, bubblegum, jukebox musical getting a standing O”

      Well, I mean, there you go. Two very different musicals trying to achieve something very different. It’s not a mutually exclusive situation. And I concur, Mamma Mia is a delight.

      • Ben Hunter says:

        They are doing two different things, fair point. I saw the movie of “Mamma Mia” and it was fun and fine. I think, for the sake of discussion I was trying to point out what I precieved as a different scale of judgment for musicals than for theater. If “Mamma Mia” just wants to say, “Hey, let’s remember how fun ABBA songs were and weave them into a wacky plot with some silly characters and just be that.” that’s cool. However, the musical prentensionist in me was just saying I didn’t think it would be better than “Hamilton” (which, full disclosure, I haven’t seen except on award shows and such). Perhaps my point would be better served w/o contracting them. Just to speak to “Hamilton”, could it be in the category as something like a director taking a chance on a bold choice and that being celebrated even if all the elements of the choice don’t pan out (Inarritu with “Revenant”)? Thanks for the movie and musical (Oh, if you haven’t done it already how about an episode on the history of movie musicals?) talk.

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