MY FAIR LADY (1964)

Its reputation is as the most intellectual of musicals, lacking big musical production numbers in favor of lines like “The Rain in Spain is Mostly on the Plain.”

ALL THAT JAZZ (1979)

An “incredibly self-indulgent” sort-of musical in which Bob Fosse “choreographs his own death,” which I gotta say I was absolutely fascinated by.

FANTASIA (1940)

Disney’s early foray into “high culture” is probably weirder to than you remember and also includes a satisfying amount of dinosaur-on-dinosaur violence.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

A well-produced musical extravaganza starring Gene Kelly, with the music of George Gershwin, it still left me surprisingly cold.

ANIMALYMPICS (1980)

Our Virtual Film Festival continues with a movie seemingly made for me as a kid and absolutely no one else in the world.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

It is the original full-length animated movie, and helped to launch a media empire. For me it holds up today, um, intermittently?

1776 (1972)

Before Hamilton took Broadway by storm, there was another musical about the Founding Fathers, one that I love too much to be objective about.

WEST SIDE STORY (1961)

About three-quarters of my favorite movie all-time, but not quite. Still sort of elemental to where musicals have gone since then.

GOING MY WAY (1944)

Bing Crosby plays a laid-back, musical priest in this very laid-back musical that was a huge hit in the middle of World War II but mostly forgotten today.