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Old October 16 2012, 01:00 AM   #46
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I have to admit I didn't think much of The Sound of Music when I was a kid either. It was just this corny black and white movie my parents used to love. And musicals in general seemed silly as hell to me.
The Sound of Music was in color.

Actually, although I like musicals in general, that's the one Rodgers and Hammerstein show I've never enjoyed. Just too much treacle for my taste.

Why are so many younger people turned off my musical films nowadays? Sorry, I just don't buy the excuse that it isn't "realistic" for characters to break into song and dance in the middle of a scene. Movies aren't reality to begin with. Old-school Hollywood musicals are no more or less realistic than modern action flicks with their speed-ramping and physically impossible stunts, or computer-animated fare from Disney and Pixar, or fantasy adventures like LOTR or POTC. There must be something else going on here. Could it be that musicals are too -- dare I say it -- GAY?
No, I suspect that they just think the whole thing is ridiculous as a live action film, which it is. It's more of a theatrical thing.
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Old October 16 2012, 01:01 AM   #47
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. . . There's some really good period drama out there, Gosford Park being one that really impressed me recently in terms of accuracy and feel of its portrayal, but I feel one of the worst offenses is when period dramas use more modern language, including modern swears.
Hmmm . . . can you give any specific examples?

I don't know about cursing, but I cringe when I'm watching a drama that takes place in the 1960s and I hear anachronisms like "lifestyle."

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No, I suspect that they just think the whole thing [singing and dancing in musicals] is ridiculous as a live action film, which it is.
Not to me, it isn't.

Maybe it's just because I grew up watching musicals on television and learned to appreciate the form. Like I said, movies aren't reality to begin with.
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Old October 16 2012, 01:13 AM   #48
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No, I suspect that they just think the whole thing is ridiculous as a live action film, which it is. It's more of a theatrical thing.
That's probably why the film Mamma Mia! made only $609,841,637, while the investors had to fork over the staggering figure of $52 million. A total flop there.
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Old October 16 2012, 05:42 AM   #49
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. . . There's some really good period drama out there, Gosford Park being one that really impressed me recently in terms of accuracy and feel of its portrayal, but I feel one of the worst offenses is when period dramas use more modern language, including modern swears.
Hmmm . . . can you give any specific examples?

I don't know about cursing, but I cringe when I'm watching a drama that takes place in the 1960s and I hear anachronisms like "lifestyle."

Don't have any examples off-hand, but I've encountered quite a few and it really stands out when it happens. Well, actually, Copper is a good example. I love the look of the show and I think they've done a great job on the sets, making us feel like we're watching something Victorian, but they really seem liberal in the use of the F-word and anything related to it and it feels out of place. I don't think anyone in that era would have been so liberal in its usage, but then again, I'm not from the era, so who knows? It feels like a case of our culture and language being supplanted into the past.

I've watched a lot of period dramas, and they're among my favourite types of shows to watch, and another place I've noticed it a lot is in medieval stuff. I can't help but notice it, and surely I'm not the only one?
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