Continuing my personal ranking of the 25 movie musicals deemed essential by the American Film Institute…
#7. Funny Girl – 1968
(#16 on the AFI list)
I’ve already written about how much I loved Barbra Streisand’s performance in this great film.
#6. Chicago – 2002
(#12 on the AFI list)
The most recent movie on the AFI list, director Rob Marshall’s Chicago is credited with sparking a revival of the musical genre in the 2000s, after it had been largely relegated to the world of animation.
I love the experience of seeing something I’ve heard of but never really known, something I think is one thing but find out is something else entirely. That was how I responded to 1968’s Funny Girl.
The William Wyler film is based on the Broadway show of the same name, and features Barbra Streisand’s film debut, reprising the role she brought to life on stage. It depicts the relationship of actress Fanny Brice and her high-roller husband, Nicky Arnstein (played by Omar Sharif in the film).