Continuing my personal ranking of the 25 movie musicals deemed essential by the American Film Institute…
#4. The Sound of Music – 1965
(#4 on the AFI list)
My biggest blind spot going into this project. I wrote about my newfound love for The Sound of Music when I kicked off this series back in June.
#3. Meet Me in St. Louis – 1945
(#10 on the AFI list)
My biggest surprise. I knew next to nothing about this beautiful film before watching it, except that it featured one of my all-time favorite songs, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’ Now it’s one of my favorite musicals.
Setting aside modern examples such as Moulin Rouge and Grease (although is it fair to call Grease modern anymore?), I own only one musical on DVD. And that’s Singin’ in the Rain.
It’s not that I don’t like musicals (despite my brother-in-law’s claims), it’s just that I’ve never spent the time to watch all of those old classics.
As a young man working in a video store, I took advantage of the free rentals to catch up on a lot of comedies and dramas of yesteryear, but never the musicals. I’m the guy who’s never seen The Sound of Music.