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Movie Review – Sound Of Music, The

There’s a reason this film is one of the greatest musical movies ever made; timeless, effervescent, captivating, lavish – all words which could describe The Sound Of Music’s astonishing longevity and popularity. Utterly enchanting decades down the line, you’re a hard-hearted person if you don’t enjoy this one.

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Movie Review – Oklahoma!

Aww shucks, gee-willikers, boy-howdy: Oklahoma! is a squeeze-bowl of good ol’ Americana, catchy tunes and wonderful cinematography. The R&H musical takes flight in this dazzling, lavish, brilliantly executed example of the Hollywood musical genre done right, with solid leading performances, nice ensemble work, and some terrific visual motifs threaded throughout. Like a surrey with a fringe on top, Oklahoma! is textured with standout production value that serves to frame this catchy, whistle-ready soundtrack and delightfully uplifting (if paper-thin) story.

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Movie Review – Road To Singapore (1940)

A classic Hollywood comedy/musical, teaming Bob Hope and Bing Crosby for the first time, is amusing, fun and cheeky, all within the frame of pre-war American social expectations. Hope and Crosby are a dream cinematic team, while Dorothy Lamour is luminous (although that could have been the lighting and vaseline-smeared lens!) as their love interest. It’s a throwback to vaudevillian whackiness, as the two lads concoct a plan to spend their lives living large and free from obligation and responsibility – overlooking some minor era-specific laughs, the film holds up well.

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Movie Review – La Dolce Vita

It takes a while to get going, but eventually Fellini’s film gets to you. The juxtaposition of a new, modern sensuality (in post-war Italy) against the landscape of historical Rome, eventually sizzles, with Anita Ekberg’s vibrant sexuality almost Marilyn Monroe-esque in luminosity. La Dolce Vita isn’t the classic I’d expected, but as one of the most important works of Fellini’s career, it’s certainly enthusiastic, charming, and intelligent – if not always enlightening.

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