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The Sound of Music (1965)

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The Sound of Music 2012-03-13 2000-08-29 -

In Rodgers and Hammerstein's greatest collaboration, a feisty postulant named Maria (Julie Andrews) is sent to care for the unruly, motherless Von Trapp children. She soon tames them -- and finds herself falling for their stern father (Christopher Plummer). Oscar-winning director Robert Wise used stunning Austrian locations to transform the popular stage musical into a cinema classic in which the hills truly seemed to come alive.

a.k.a. La Mélodie du bonheur
Tutti insieme appassionatamente
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The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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The Wizard of Oz 2009-09-29 2005-10-25 -

There's no place like home for young Dorothy (Judy Garland), who's been swept away from her farm in Kansas to a wonderland of munchkins, flying monkeys and different-colored horses. She must follow the Yellow Brick Road to the all-knowing Wizard of Oz to find her way home. Along the way, she meets the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Tin Man (Jack Haley) and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), who help her fend off the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton).

a.k.a. Der Zauberer von Oz
Il mago di Oz
Le Magicien d'Oz
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Mary Poppins (1964)

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Mary Poppins 2013-12-25 2004-12-14 -

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

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Singin' in the Rain 2012-07-17 1997-08-27 -

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor combine their talents in one of the greatest big-screen musicals ever made, a two-time Oscar nominee that includes the songs "Good Morning," "Make 'Em Laugh" and the iconic title tune. When Hollywood attempts the transition from silent films to talkies, a matinee idol (Kelly) hopes to make the cut. But he's hampered by a silent-movie queen (Jean Hagen) with a voice like fingernails on a blackboard.

a.k.a. Cantando bajo la lluvia
Cantando sotto la pioggia
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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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Meet Me in St. Louis - 2004-04-06 -

Judy Garland stars as Esther Smith, who just can't ignore the boy next door (Tom Drake), in director Vincente Minnelli's musical masterpiece about the trials and tribulations of a tight-knit family living in St. Louis on the eve of the 1904 World's Fair. Memorable characters and charming songs, which include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Trolley Song," make this one of the greatest American musicals ever filmed.

a.k.a. Le Chant du Missouri
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Oliver! (1968)

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Oliver! - 1998-08-11 2012-01-01
2013-01-01

Director Carol Reed's lively musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale stars Mark Lester as the titular orphan who escapes the workhouse and is taken under the wing of wily pickpocket Fagin (Ron Moody). Befriended by the crafty Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) and resented by the brutish Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed), Oliver navigates his way through 19th-century London in this highly touted film that captured six Oscars, including Best Picture.

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Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

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Fiddler on the Roof 2014-01-07 1998-06-30 -

Director Norman Jewison chronicles the trials of Jewish peasant Tevye, the humble father of three strong-willed daughters and husband to oft-objecting wife Golde in pre-revolutionary Russia.

a.k.a. Un violon sur le toit
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Cabaret (1972)

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Cabaret 2013-02-05 1997-11-18 -

A British scribe (Michael York) and his comrades -- including a flamboyant American nightclub entertainer named Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) -- chronicle the debauchery and turbulence of prewar Berlin in director Bob Fosse's big-screen adaptation of a musical classic. Existing in a morally ambiguous void, the characters doggedly maintain their facades as the world outside the cabaret gears for war.

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My Fair Lady (1964)

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My Fair Lady: Special Edition 2011-11-15 2004-02-03 -

In this classic cinematic version of the Broadway smash, Audrey Hepburn is at her most radiant as Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl transformed into a poised duchess by Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison, reprising his Broadway role). The restored and remastered special edition includes an audio commentary with crew members and Doolittle's singing voice, Marni Nixon. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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Peter Pan (1953)

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Peter Pan - 2007-03-06 -

Leaving the safety of their nursery behind, Wendy (voiced by Kathryn Beaumont), Michael (Tommy Luske) and John (Paul Collins) follow Peter Pan (Bobby Driscoll) to a magical world where childhood lasts forever. But while in Neverland, the kids must face Captain Hook (Hans Conried) and foil his attempts to get rid of Peter for good. Walt Disney's classic animated fantasy about the boy who never grew up garnered a Grand Prize nomination at Cannes.

a.k.a. Le avventure di Peter Pan
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The Producers (1968)

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The Producers - 2002-12-03 2012-03-15
2013-03-01

Rapacious but lovable producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) hasn't had a hit in years when, quite by accident, he and his meek, neurotic accountant, Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), come up with a plot to oversell shares in a surefire flop musical and make off with the profits. The catch is that their cash cow, "Springtime for Hitler," is the worst show ever written. Mel Brooks directs this comic gem that inspired the Broadway musical of the same name.

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Easter Parade (1948)

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Easter Parade - 2005-03-15 -

Judy Garland and Fred Astaire sing and trip the light fantastic to 17 Irving Berlin tunes in this romantic classic. The simple plot concerns a hoofer (Astaire) who teams with an inexperienced chorus girl (Garland) in order to show up his former dance partner, Nadine (Ann Miller). Berlin's tunes, which include "We're a Couple of Swells" and "Happy Easter," sparkle in Astaire and Garland's able hands (and feet). Peter Lawford co-stars.

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The Beatles: Yellow Submarine (1968)

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Yellow Submarine - 1999-09-14 -

The Fab Four's first and only animated feature -- a psychadelic must-see for Beatles fans -- finds the boys trying to save Pepperland from the scourge of the Blue Meanies amid a sea of puns, non sequiturs and surrealistic flights of fancy.

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Funny Girl (1968)

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Funny Girl - 2001-10-23 2007-12-12
2012-01-01

Director William Wyler's classic musical tells the story of legendary Ziegfeld Follies comedienne Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand, in an Oscar-winning role), an unconventional beauty who grew up in the Jewish slums of New York dreaming of stardom. When Brice finally becomes the toast of Broadway, the resentful reaction of her husband (Omar Sharif) threatens to destroy their marriage. The film received eight Oscar nominations. Note: This version includes musical interludes.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 2009-10-20 2001-08-28 -

Eccentric candy man Willy Wonka ignites a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders into his top-secret confectionary.

a.k.a. Willy Wonka e la fabbrica di cioccolato
Willy Wonka und die Schokoladenfabrik
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Gypsy (1962)

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Gypsy - 2000-05-02 -

This classic musical follows a driven stage mother and the two daughters she pushes into show business. Baby June is the talented one, but when she quits the business, Mama Rose turns her attention to gawky older sister Louise.

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The Beatles: Help! (1965)

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The Beatles: Help! - 2007-11-06 -

The lads from Liverpool light up the big screen in this delightful 1965 spy movie spoof that finds the mop tops traveling the globe to escape some religious fanatics intent on reclaiming a sacrificial ring stuck on Ringo's finger. Co-stars Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti and Leo McKern add to the zaniness, while the film's fantastic soundtrack features some of the Fab Four's most memorable hits, including the title track and "Ticket to Ride."

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A Star Is Born (1954)

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A Star Is Born 2010-06-22 2000-10-03 -

When small-time stage and lounge singer Esther Blodgett is discovered by famous actor Norman Maine, she rises to the top while he drinks himself to the bottom -- leaving her with a heartwretching choice: love or her dreams.

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Quadrophenia (1979)

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Quadrophenia - 2001-09-25 2013-09-01

The Music Man (1962)

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The Music Man 2010-02-02 1999-02-18 -

It doesn't get any better than this slice of Midwestern Americana: Charming con man Harold Hill (Robert Preston) wants to steal River City citizens' money with a "boys' band" scam, but finds it hard to skip town when lovely librarian Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones) steals his heart. Composer Meredith Willson's valentine to his own hometown packs great songs and wonderful performances from, among others, Buddy Hackett and a young Ron Howard.

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Guys and Dolls (1955)

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Guys and Dolls - 2000-04-18 -

A singing Marlon Brando stars as Sky Masterson opposite Frank Sinatra in this musical take on Damon Runyon's Manhattan short stories. One of the richest scores to spring from Broadway to Hollywood includes such classic songs as "Luck Be a Lady."

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That's Entertainment: The Complete Collection (1974)

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Take a trip back to Hollywood's golden age with this tribute to MGM musicals that features scenes from nearly 100 celluloid gems, such as An American in Paris and Singin' in the Rain. The collection of nostalgic clips includes song and dance numbers from the likes of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Cyd Charisse, Donald O'Connor, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Debbie Reynolds, Bing Crosby, Esther Williams and Jimmy Durante.

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A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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A Hard Day's Night: Collector's Series 2014-06-24 2009-11-17 2011-06-01
2016-06-01

The Beatles's first movie -- a groundbreaking comedy often considered director Richard Lester's best film -- chronicles a "typical" day in their lives, filled with frenzied fans, crazy relatives and a soundtrack of familiar songs. The film defined the Beatles' impish appeal, and John, Paul, George and Ringo are surprisingly assured on-screen. Songs include "Can't Buy Me Love," "And I Love Her" and "I Should Have Known Better."

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Pal Joey (1957)

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Pal Joey - 1999-12-14 -

Using his charming wile and debonair dance moves, Joey Evans (Frank Sinatra, in a Golden Globe-winning performance) beguiles vixen widow Vera Simpson (Rita Hayworth) into financing his nightclub. He's set up for success until good-natured chorus girl Linda English (Kim Novak) enters the picture and steals the show -- and his heart. The Rodgers and Hart musical features such memorable tunes as "I Could Write a Book" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered."

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