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Magic moments: my top show numbers

By David Benedict  

1933's "Dancing Lady": a rare chance to see Fred Astaire in Lederhosen

In his article “Odes to joy” in this month’s Prospect, David Benedict puts the case for a genre too often dismissed as shallow. Abandoning realism for idealistic fantasy, musicals, he argues, “have the greatest vocabulary for sustained joy.” Here he chooses five moments of screen pleasure from the MGM musicals season at the BFI.

1. It’s fair to say that this eye-widening sequence doesn’t exactly make the case for musicals as cinematic masterpieces,…

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