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(Vincente Minnelli, US 1953, 112 min., 35mm)
Director Vincente Minnelli reteams with Fred Astaire and gives Cyd Charisse one of her first starring roles as differently minded entertainers who need to come together to save their Broadway musical. The songs by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz include the indelible “That’s Entertainment,” as well as the ridiculously fun “Triplets” number. Astaire was at his height in choreography working with Charisse on the memorable “Dancing in the Dark” and “The Girl Hunt Ballet.” Guest presenter Michael Lasser describes it as “one of the towering movie musicals.”
Introduction by Michael Lasser.
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Great American Songbook Director Vincente Minnelli reteams with Fred Astaire and gives Cyd Charisse one of her first starring roles as differently minded entertainers who need to come together to save their Broadway musical. Introduction by Michael Lasser.
Great American Songbook Vincente Minnelli brings Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse together to dance for the last time. Kelly’s performance of the songs “Almost Like Being in Love” and “The Heather on the Hill” is surpassed only by his dance with Charisse among the Highlands in a reprise of the latter song.
Great American Songbook Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s classic musical is brought to the screen with Technicolor verve. The soundtrack is filled with memorable songs, including “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” and “I Cain’t Say No,” while the cast shines with performances by Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Shirley Jones, Eddie Albert, and Rod Steiger.