Cinema: Too Many Trombones

The Music Man is overacted, overcute, overloud and overlong. In this movie, a parade is not just a parade; it resembles the massed phalanxes that troop past the Communist bigwigs in Red Square, with zest and joy beaming from every brainwashed face. A song is not just a song; thanks to a noisy collection of 211 instruments, among them trombones, double bell euphoniums, bassoons, and glockenspiels. Music Man is a hard-sell blast aimed at the eardrums of a new breed, presumably stereophonic man. Like many a cinemusical extravaganza, Music Man operates on the principle that an audience that is...

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