Lee Gambin on the Decade that Redefined Movie Musicals

This interview with film historian Lee Gambin sheds some light on the changes that occurred in the 1970s with the movie musical. For many years, I’ve seen film critics claim that movie musicals started to go out of vogue in the 1960s, or even the late 1950s. But some of the most commercially successful musicals Read MoreRead More

Watch Five Short Clips from Les Miserable

The hotly anticipated Tom Hooper-directed Les Miserable opens on Christmas Day 2012, but here’s a sneak peak at 5 scenes including the vocal talents of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Samantha Barks, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne. You may recall the big marketing hubbub about recording the vocals live - here’s our first chances to see how that’s working out. Personally, I think Read MoreRead More

Featurette for “Les Miserables” shows Actors Singing on Set

On most film musicals, the musical portions are recorded in a studio prior to production and played back on set. The upcoming film of “Les Miserables” has actors performing their songs live with the music dubbed in afterwards.

This isn’t the first time this has been attempted since the “golden days” of 30s and 40s musicals. Peter Bagdonovich attempted it in 1975…Read More