The Sound of Movie Mu­si­cals with Neil Brand 9pm, BBC Four

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In the sec­ond episode of this ex­cel­lent se­ries, Brand con­sid­ers how the movie mu­si­cal en­tered its sec­ond golden age in the af­ter­math of the Sec­ond World War. He starts by ex­am­in­ing one of what, viewed to­day, is the most un­set­tling films of that era, 1942’s Die Grosse Liebe: a Hol­ly­wood-style mu­si­cal made in Ger­many at the height of the con­flict, with a dis­tinctly Nazi bent. Af­ter the war, the Amer­i­can mu­si­cal once again be­gan to thrive and Brand ex­plores how the emer­gence of Gene Kelly helped power a new age. Talk­ing with Kelly’s widow, he looks at how the star’s more phys­i­cal style brought the mu­si­cal onto the streets of Amer­ica. It’s com­ple­mented by a re­peat of part one of the bril­liant, epic, Frank Si­na­tra doc­u­men­tary, All Or Noth­ing At All (10pm).

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