Art Vs Commerce: End of History (1960s)

First off, let’s do this…

My Personal Ranking

  1. Casablanca
  2. It Happened One Night
  3. All Quiet on the Western Front
  4. Gentleman’s Agreement
  5. On The Waterfront
  6. All About Eve
  7. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  8. The Apartment
  9. In The Heat of the Night
  10. Lawrence of Arabia
  11. Midnight Cowboy
  12. Cimarron
  13. Gone With the Wind
  14. Going My Way
  15. Rebecca
  16. Wings
  17. Mutiny on the Bounty
  18. West Side Story
  19. The Sound of Music
  20. Hamlet
  21. My Fair Lady
  22. Marty
  23. You Can’t Take It With You
  24. The Grand Hotel
  25. An American in Paris
  26. Gigi
  27. The Best Years of Our Lives
  28. The Life of Emile Zola
  29. Around The World in 80 Days
  30. Oliver!
  31. A Man For All Seasons
  32. Tom Jones
  33. Ben-Hur
  34. The Greatest Show on Earth
  35. Mrs. Miniver
  36. How Green Was My Valley
  37. All the King’s Men
  38. From Here To Eternity
  39. The Lost Weekend
  40. The Great Ziegfeld
  41. The Broadway Melody
  42. Cavalcade

Parting Thoughts

And now, since we covered so many big-name musicals this decade, what are, to me, our top numbers? These five slapped the most…

  1. “America,” West Side Story
  2. “Tonight, Tonight,” West Side Story, it’s our only big all-skate
  3. “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Mary Poppins, fight me
  4. “Consider Yourself,” Oliver!
  5. “I Could’ve Danced All Night,” My Fair Lady, barely nudging out “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”

Whereas these five are so much creepier in context.

  1. “Consider Yourself,” Oliver! (RUN IT’S A TRAP)
  2. “Food Glorious Food,” Oliver! (Compliance through starvation. Of children. Thanks, history, I hate it)
  3. “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” The Sound of Music (RUN GIRL HE’S A NAZI)
  4. “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins is an asshole and Eliza deserved better)
  5. “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” Funny Girl (Maybe someone should have?)

Also just a note that accidents led to two classic moments in Oscar winners… Dustin Hoffman’s iconic “I’m walking here!” from Midnight Cowboy was entirely unplanned, and while singing “I Have Confidence” in The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews tripped, and the director left it in because Maria briefly stumbling while bucking herself up with a song about being confident was gold.

Next time… Old Hollywood is dead. New Hollywood has begun… and a new form of hit is coming.

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