Saturday, June 22, 2013

Musical Movie Mommy

Ah, Movies.  Love 'em!  Especially musicals from the 50s and 60s.  Many people in my age group have not been exposed to these classic films and I feel they are missing out! Here is my quick list of musicals I recommend.

Funny Face
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson


Kay Thompson plays a fashion magazine editor/publisher and Fred Astaire plays a famous fashion photographer. Both are looking for "the next big look" when Fred Astaire comes across Audrey Hepburn.  The story follow Fred's journey of turning bookworm Audrey Hepburn into a fashion model.  Believe it or not, this is a seemingly "impossible" task at first. This is a light, upbeat movie. Lots of catchy songs to love, beautiful costumes, and of course, a love story. 

West Side Story
Starring:  Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris

This storyline is a familiar one, inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Two rival gangs, The Sharks and The Jets, fight for territory.  Maria (played by Natalie Wood), sister of the leader of The Sharks, falls in love with Tony (played by Richard Beymer), former member of The Jets.  Rita Moreno is the stand out (in my opinion) in this movie. She's always amazing!  I've seen this movie more times than I can count and the end scene still makes me cry. 

Starring:  Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan,Maurice Chevalier, and Hermione Gingold

This is a story of a friendship between a rich playboy and a girl who has just started her training to become a courtesan. I really wasn't expecting to love this movie but it's so good! I can't say much else without giving something away!

My Fair Lady
Starring:  Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway,Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper,Jeremy Brett

Based on the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is about a Phonetics Professor (played by Rex Harrison) who has set out to prove that how one speaks will determine their social class.  He finds an impoverished young woman (played by Audrey Hepburn) and boasts that with some work, he will be able to pass her off as a duchess at a ball.  This film is fun and always gets a few laughs out of me. Plus, the musical numbers are some of my favorites.

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