Musical film  

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The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. The songs are used to advance the plot or develop the film's characters. A subgenre of the musical film is the musical comedy, which includes a strong element of humour as well as the usual music, dancing and storyline.

The musical film was a natural development of the stage musical. Typically, the biggest difference between film and stage musicals is the use of lavish background scenery which would be impractical in a theater. Musical films characteristically contain elements reminiscent of theater; performers often treat their song and dance numbers as if there is a live audience watching. In a sense, the viewer becomes the deictic audience, as the performer looks directly into the camera and performs to it.


"That's Entertainment!", alongside "Hooray for Hollywood," "There's No Business Like Show Business" and Another Op'nin', Another Show are anthems for Hollywood and theater in general, being used as an opening number in many shows. They are considered, one of entertainment's signature tunes.

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