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That is so funny. When I read Dancer in the Dark (2000), first thing
that came to mind was Rider on the Rain (1970), because a lot of
needlessly cruel things Marlene Jobart throughout the movie as well.
Funny, funny stuff on The Sound of Music. Do I like it? Depends on my
mood, I guess. The score is, of course, terrific, and "Edelweiss" is
ever more meloncholy knowing that it was the last song Hammerstein wrote.
Gotta agree with Chinatown, given that the alleged hero J.J. Gittes has
hurt every innocent person he interacted with and contributed to a worse
outcome for all. I don't think it's meant to be a comedy... Fabulous
Jerry Goldsmith score, supposedly written in a weekend.
The Graduate? Once you realize that Benjamin has treated Mrs. Robinson
like shit and that she's not the enemy (despite being from the previous
generation) and he can't possibly have spent enough time with Elaine to
have fallen so deeply in love with her, it's hard to root for the "hero".
Again: Simon and Garfunkle's music as the score is glorious.
To summarize my comments; The three movies I've mentioned are variations
on conventional stories that don't work for me, with wonderful music.