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Roadshow!The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s$
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Matthew Kennedy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199925674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.001.0001

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The Impossible Dream

The Impossible Dream

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(p.233) Chapter 18 The Impossible Dream
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Roadshow!
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Matthew Kennedy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.003.0018

Chapter eighteen begins with the making and release of The Great Waltz, an old-fashioned roadshow musical biopic of Johann Strauss produced by MGM and directed by Andrew Stone (Song of Norway). It was not an expensive production, but released as a roadshow, it was reviled by critics and ignored by the public. United Artists put Man of La Mancha, its second major musical of the era after Fiddler on the Roof, into production. Directed by Arthur Hiller, it starred Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren. Creative friction was caused by the earth-toned production designs of Luciano Damiani, considered by O’Toole to be “depressing” and most everyone else as wrong for the film. Hiller had never directed a musical, and both O’Toole and Loren had sketchy musical abilities. The finished product was another critical and box office failure. Man of La Mancha became the last film to be released as a roadshow. Little attention was paid to the death of the roadshow, but a certain grand style movie packaging was gone forever.

Keywords:   The Great Waltz, MGM, Andrew Stone, United Artists, Man of La Mancha, Arthur Hiller, Peter O’Toole, Sophia Loren, Luciano Damiani, roadshow

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