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Blues Brothers a Musical Last weekend while I was watching television I thought about classic Hollywood musicals Some titles that came to mind were memorable titles such as The sound of Music Mary Poppins Grease and more contemporarily The Rocky Horror Picture Show Added to this list should be the fine film of The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers you ask Yes this movie is a good example of a movie musical in the classic sense because it fits the criteria for a classic movie musical The director Jonathan Landis is quoted as saying It has always frustrated me that no one saw the Blues Brothers as a musical When I was doing it I saw it as directing a musical A Note This statement alone gives credence to the idea of the Blues Brothers movie being in fact a musical When the movie was created it was imagined to be like an old Hollywood musical with performance numbers and musical comedies to further the plot Musical For anyone that does not know how a musical is classified I will explain the criteria A musical must have musical numbers that move the plot along Also in a musical a character or characters randomly breakout into song in the middle of dialogue to continue what they were already talking about Finally in a movie musical dancing is added to the songs to move along the plot When classifying the Blues Brothers as a movie musical it is important to keep in mind the criteria for this category One of the primary criterions is that the musical numbers in the film should move the action and plot along In the Blues Brothers this happens on several occasions The first is when Jake and Elwood the main characters have just left the orphanage where they grew up They learn that the orphanage will be shut down because it needed 5000 to support itself Jake immediately said that
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