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date: 22 September 2020

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This chapter looks at how several 1960s films approached the challenge of the screen adaptation, focusing in particular on how, thirty years after the stylized cinematic age of Roberta, Hollywood was turning to film’s documentary, realistic quality. In this context, the musical struggled to fit: idealistic stories such as Camelot, Finian’s Rainbow, and Man of La Mancha encountered some of what the chapter identifies as the difficulties in bringing filmic reality into balance with other elements within musicals that were created with the dynamic and standards of stage-based stylization in mind. Contrasting several incongruities between the real and the fantastic in Camelot with the use of darker elements (especially through choreography) in films such as West Side Story, the chapter reveals how the 1960s screen musical adaptation addressed the age of ‘getting real’ in Hollywood.

Keywords: Camelot, Finian’s Rainbow, Man of La Mancha, Sweet Charity, Cabaret

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