Why We Need the Movie Musical

The musical is one of cinema’s most escapist genres, full of big scenes, big feelings, big dreams. Looking at the movie musical through the years, we can spot some defining patterns. It captures larger-than-life emotion, is often about show business itself, and makes our fantasies feel as valid as real life. Here’s our take on the musical: its purpose, its politics, and why it blurs the line between truth and illusion.

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