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The reason why musicals are less popular now, or more prolific back in the first half of the century is pretty long, but hopefully engaging and interesting. It certainly was to me when I studied it. There are tons of academic books written about the downfall of musicals, but here's the short(er) version: Musicals (along with Westerns) were very much a ...


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A deeper explanation as to why the Red Flag became a symbol of revolution, from http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/fr_revol.html#red, which got its information from M. Pastoureau in his book Les emblèmes de la France: In July 1791, King Louis XVI and the Royal Family attempted to flee France, dressed as ordinary people. They were arrested in Varennes, on ...


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As mentioned on Wikipedia, it is The Jazz Singer. The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical film. The first feature-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue sequences, its release heralded the commercial ascendance of the "talkies" and the decline of the silent film era. Directed by Alan Crosland and produced by Warner Bros. with its Vitaphone ...


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I don't think it has anything to do with the red part of the French flag. In general a red flag is viewed as a symbol for left wing politics and revolution Taken from the red flag wikipedia page: In politics, a red flag is a symbol of Socialism, or Communism, or sometimes left-wing politics in general. It has been associated with left-wing politics ...


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THE JAZZ SINGER (1927) was intended to be a silent film that would showcase the Al Jolson musical numbers and otherwise would have a recorded musical accompaniment. Al Jolson ad-libbed some unscripted lines like "You ain't heard nothing yet!", which made the film a sensation. There had been talking short films before using the Vitaphone disk system (usually ...


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Almost all movies derived from stage musicals will add at least one original song, the objective being to make it eligible for an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. In recent memory, Beauty and the Beast did this, as did Les Miserables and Into the Woods. The new Wicked movie will have original songs as well. It's actually difficult to find ...


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It's mostly just the Disney style. Disney makes more animated movies than just the princess ones. A few examples: Pinnochio has songs and no princesses. The Jungle Book has songs and no princesses (except for that human girl at the end who doesn't speak/sing on screen). Peter Pan has songs, but Tinkerbell (not a princess), Nana (a dog,) and Tiger Lily (...


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Many of these movies have children as a main target audience. Children like to sing or hear singing when they are being entertained. Sesame Street used that to great effect. And I am sure there are other children's programs that choose that format to keep children's attention.


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I think the decline and fall of the movie musical goes back to the events of 1948, when the studios were forced to divest themselves of their theatre chains. Until that happened, the big studios almost never had a movie that lost money, because they could regulate where and how often it was shown. You didn't need a lot of money to chase after the audience's ...


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The plot summary you provide would describe practically every musical ever made, and musicals contain singing and dancing by definition. A very high proportion of movies, let alone musicals, consist of: boy meets girl boy loses girl boy gets girl. You've left out most of the actual plot of Cover Girl. It would be a more interesting question if all ...


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Depending on the age of the children being targeted there could be a few reasons... Babies & Toddlers For younger children various studies have shown that listening to music can help their development. For example, singing songs teaches children about language such as how it is put together. When singing, words and phrases are slower and are easier to ...


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It's a relatively modern trend. In the 19th century, a night at the opera was the thing adults would do; and in fact, in some cases, a visit to the theatre actually strayed far more into the other meaning of "adult entertainment" (actresses were not considered the most virtuous of persons). There was a progressive shift toward making musicals more family-...


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Depending on your definition of what criteria is involved in making a music video...I would say: Carnival Night in Paris (1927). Music videos have been around since film added sound. The first music videos were filmed in New York, and called Vitaphone shorts. Carnival Night in Paris was produced by Warner Bros. It was the first foray into this field. Music ...


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