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BFI announces plans for major season of movie musicals

Singin' in the Rain will be shown as part of the season Singin' in the Rain will be shown as part of the season
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The British Film Institute will host a major season dedicated to musicals, it has announced, which will feature hundreds of screenings and events across the UK and re-releases of classic film musicals such as Singin’ in the Rain and Yentl.

BFI Musicals! will run from October until January 2020. At its centre is a programme at BFI Southbank, which is described as a celebration of the greatest, stars, directors, composers and choreographers, and will feature screenings, one-off events and special guests.

The season’s programmer, BFI head curator Robin Baker, said the success of films such as The Greatest Showman and La La Land means “movie musicals are hitting a chord with audiences everywhere”.

“Audiences flock to musicals in troubled times – from Depression-era hits such as 42nd Street, to the masterpieces made by MGM’s Freed Film Unit during and after the Second World War. So it’s no surprise that the big screen musical is enjoying its biggest success for decades,” he said.

The full programme of BFI Musicals! will be announced in September, however some of the line-up has been announced ahead of the launch.

Singin’ in the Rain will receive a theatrical re-release at cinemas across the UK on October 18, while films including Hair, Yentl – starring Barbra Streisand – and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, will receive special DVD and Blu-ray releases.

Hundreds of further screenings and events will take place across the UK in partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network, while the Independent Cinema Office will present a touring programme of 12 musical films, shown in community venues across the country.

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