Film Discussion Lunch - Musical Madmen

Do you like talking movies? Do you like eating lunch? Why not combine the two as our gathering of film buffs leads to free flowing conversations on movies of any and every type. For our Film Discussion lunches, we will be starting out with a designated topic decided at the previous lunch, whether a filmmaker, era, style or genre.

July’s Meetup is not exactly about musicals, but rather a group of eccentric and sometimes strange directors who are known for their visual and stylistic excesses and are all deeply influenced by music.  Each director has musicals we’ll discuss, but we’ll also delve into some of their other prominent films as well. 


Ken Russell

Women in Love (1969) 

The Music Lovers (1970) 

The Devils (1971)

The Boy Friend (1971)

Mahler (1974)

Tommy (1975)

Lisztomania (1975) 

Altered States (1980)

Crimes of Passion (1984)

Gothic (1986) 


Bob Fosse

Sweet Charity (1969)

Cabaret (1972)

Lenny (1974)

All That Jazz (1979)

Star 80 (1983) 


Alan Parker

Bugsy Malone (1976)

Midnight Express (1978)

Fame (1980)

Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982)

Angel Heart (1987)

Mississippi Burning (1988)

The Commitments (1991)

Evita (1996) 


Baz Luhrmann

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

Romeo + Juliet (1996) 

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Australia (2008) 

The Great Gatsby (2013) 


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  • Al

    Great article praising Fosse and "All That Jazz" - from a Film Critic Hulk, no less!­

    July 29

  • Al

    Brad: "Tommy", "The Wall", "Cabaret"
    Al: "Tommy", "Angel Heart", "Cabaret", "Moulin Rouge"
    Sharon: "Gothic", "Cabaret", "Moulin Rouge"
    Peter: "Crimes of Passion", "The Wall", "Cabaret"
    Jimmy: "Tommy", "Cabaret", Russell's early films for the BBC
    Bennett: "All That Jazz", "Midnight Express", "Bugsy Malone"
    Elizabeth: "The Devils", "Cabaret", "Moulin Rouge"
    Collin: Alan Parker the favorite of the four, "Cabaret", "Smurfs 2" (<-- Kidding! Kidding!!)

    And a special mention by Jimmy of three films from the original musical madman, Bubsy Berkeley:

    "42nd Street"
    "Footlight Parade"
    "Gold Diggers of 1933"

    Plus talk of these other fine films:
    "Rainbow Bridge"
    "The Little Prince"
    "Paul Williams is Not Dead"
    "Irreconcilable Differences"
    "Fever Pitch"
    "Highway 61"
    "The Tall Guy"
    "I Am A Camera"

    Finally, some breakdancing in the rain:­

    July 28

  • Mark Keresman

    I try to make it last minute...I'll see how my insomnia fares.

    July 28

  • Sharon Gissy

    i'm gonna try to make it (very last minute), even though i don't know as many of these films. i loved the conversation last time.

    July 27

  • Collin

    I'll likely be late, so save me a seat.

    July 27

  • Jimmy Otto

    Warning: not for viewing for viewing at work, unless you have a really cool's a shame that I can't find full copies of either this hysterical NC-17 follow-up to Tommy (Lisztomania) or The Devils, which is my favorite movie on the lists here.­

    July 10

    • Jimmy Otto

      Recall being disappointed that I just missed out on DVR'ing The Boy Friend on TCM, which also seems hard to find...Russell has a lot of fans out there in movie geek land and he's very historically significant (one of the Top 5 or 10 UK directors for sure), so we could really use reissues of all of his pre-1980's work (did any movie director jump the shark with more velocity and trajectory than the Altered States/Crimes of Cinema Ken Russell)?

      July 10

  • Ken

    Musicals just not my thing. I pay NOT to have to see them :>)

    June 24

  • Al

    "Cabaret" + "The Wall" + "Lisztomania" = Faith In Humanity 8)

    May 24

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