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This is the final instalment of an extra-long interview conducted between Taien and me as we attempted to wade through the often-murky and varied ground of film soundtracks. As the film curator, Taien was in a very good place to speak about film from the point of view of an artist who is active in the field. I, on the other hand, am just an avid film-goer, and as one of the music curators, I will admit to have always been interested in the relationship between film and composed sound. 

In this section, we’ll both sound off on our favourite musicals.

Two of my favourites: American in Paris and The Rocky Horror Picture Show are in some ways diametrically opposed in terms of subject matter, but essentially, they offer a similar visual opulence, grace, and exuberant musical scores.


GraceAnne:  "Favourite Musicals!" (this is not in any particular order)
Singing in the Rain ---Yes! Absolutely! Hands Down!!!!
American in Paris

West Side Story
The Sound of Music
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (I've dressed up for this one)

Taien Ng-Chan:  I would add The Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Jacques Demy and The Singing Detective, the BBC miniseries written by Dennis Potter (not the 2003 Hollywood remake!)

Taien's blog can be found here.




1/Singing in the rain: Gene Kelly & Cyd Charisse

  2/Singing in the rain: Gene Kelly & Cyd Charisse 

  3/Rocky Horror Picture Show: Time Warp



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