Thursday, May 2, 2013

100 Movies That Make Me Love Film: 40. Fame (1980)

40. Fame

So I always knew of Fame or at the very least, the song. But I never had an interest in seeing it. Much like Hairspray I had many assumptions of what the film was about. However I became interested after Kevin Smith spent an entire episode talking about the movie on an episode of SModcast discussing the (then) upcoming remake.

Everything about this movie actually sounded pretty awesome. So I added it on netflix. It was delightful. I guess technically it’s a musical, however the movie only has about 4-5 songs in the 2 hours and 15 minutes running time, and when the movie takes place at a music school the musical numbers seem way more organic.

The film follows a group of students at music/acting/dance school in New York. Each one over their four years struggle with different things. Homosexuality, drugs, or stage fright. 

It’s fun to follow the struggles of these likable characters as well as to see the craziest that is attending these types of schools. Only made more interesting by beautiful camera work and lovely speeches.

It’s rare to make a movie this long and with this many characters that still allows you to fall in love with each one of them and holds your attention from start to finish.

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