Ako vam je potreban kinematografski pick-up, ali i doza modne inspiracije i životne radosti, ne postoji ništa što će vas više pokrenuti od mjuzikla! Ovih osam filmova vratiće vas kroz muziku, ali i fenomenalne kostime u neka druga vremena i oraspoložiti u trenutku.

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (kod nas poznat pod naslovom “Muškarci više vole plavuše”) je američki filmski mjuzikl snimljen 1953. u režiji Howarda Hawksa, ekranizacija istoimenog brodvejskog mjuzikla iz 1949. koji je, pak, predstavljao adaptaciju popularnog romana Anite Loos iz 1925. Protagonisti su dve brodvejske zabavljačice – Lorelei Lee (koju tumači čuvena Marylin Monroe) i Dorothy Shaw (koju tumači Jane Russell) koje putuju u Francusku i doživljavaju niz ljubavnih peripetija, vezanih za Loreleinu vezu sa bogatim momkom Gusom (koga tumači Tommy Noonan). Ono po čemi će ovaj mjuzikl ostati upamćen svakako su i divni kostimi – od blistavih haljina do strukturiranih kombinezona – neverovatno i bezvremenski stylish.

“A Star Is Born” (1954)

Ovu sladunjavu zgodu o ženskim ambicijama i padu muškaraca ispričali su i pre – od Janet Gainor 1937, Barbra Streisand 1976. i Lady Gaga 2018 – ali verzija Judy Garland (1954) je neuporediva. Pod majstorskom režijom Georgea Cukora, ona glumi pevačicu katapultiranu do slave nakon što ju je otkrio poznati glumac (James Mason). Njen glas je virtuozan, njeni zanosni monolozi srdačni i snaga njene zvezde očiglednija nego ikad ranije.

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“He gave a look at myself I’ve never had before. He saw something in me nobody else ever did. And he made me see it too. He made me believe it.” -Esther Blodgett. A Star is Born, 1954. This starred Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson and Charles Bickford. Judy played Esther Blodgett, who’s an aspiring singer. Esther has been signing with a jazz band, but wants more. Esther has been getting gigs with her band, and while she is performing one of these gigs, she ends up meeting Norman Maine (James Mason) when he very drunkenly gets onstage in front of hundreds in the crowd! Esther manages to make it seem like Norman is part of the routine. Whew! Well Norman manages to sober up by the end of the night, and remembers the woman who pretty much saved his career! Norman finds Esther singing a song with her band, and Norman watches her unseen. Esther’s voice is fabulous (well it IS Judy Garland) and Norman knows she can be something big. Norman gets Esther alone and tells Esther how good she was. Apparently even Esther with her amazing voice has never had someone tell her that before! Norman tells her she needs to quit her band and take a chance at Hollywood, with his help. Esther is very flattered, but conflicted, since it’s taken her years to even get where she is now. But the thrill of the chance to make it is too great…she agrees. However the next day when they’re supposed to meet for Esther’s screen test, Norman falls ill (he’s an alcoholic) and doesn’t remember where Esther lives to get in touch. Esther thinks Norman was all talk….but since she’s in Hollywood now, she figures she can make it on her own. Her singing lands her a television gig (you only hear her voice), but through that, Norman hears her voice one day, and finds her again. Esther becomes a contract player, and has some bit roles so far, but none involving her voice. Not until studio head Oliver Niles (Charles Bickford) hears her sing (with Norman’s help) and decides Esther (whose name is changed to Vicki Lester-sounds better), can have a role in a new musical. Esther/Vicki has her debut, and is an immediate sensation. Norman was right. Esther, now Vicki, is a star. Esther and Norman’s…

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“Carmen Jones” (1954)

Ovaj mjuzikl u režiji Otta Premingera smatra se jednom od najpoznatijih adaptacija znamenite opere Carmen, kao i prvim značajnijim holivudskim filmom čije su zvezde bile crnci. Radnja filma smeštena je na američki Jug u vreme Drugog svetskog rata. Naslovna protagonistkinja, čiji lik tumači Dorothy Dandridge, lepa je radnica u fabrici padobrana koja zavede Joea (čiji lik tumači Harry Belafonte), mladog i perspektivnog vojnika i izazove njegovu propast, a potom pada kao žrtva Joeve ljubomore nakon što ga je ostavila radi boksera Huskyja Millera (koga tumači Joe Adams). Zanimljiva ljubavna i muzička priča sa vrlo zanimljivim stajlinzima koji se prepričavaju.

“West Side Story” (1961)

“West Side Story” je jedan od najpoznatijih mjuzikla svih vremena, čija radnja predstavlja slobodnu obradu Šekspirove tragedije “Romeo i Julija”, a smeštena je u (tada) savremeni Njujork, odnosno Upper West Side na Menhetnu, 50-ih godina prošlog veka bio etnički i rasno mešana radnička četvrt. Mjuzikl je premijerno izveden 1957. godine na Brodveju. Karakterišu ga sjajne melodije i privlačan ritam, ali u njegovoj suštini se nalazi mračna priča o jednom intervalu.

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