The Band Wagon

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Dir. Vincente Minnelli

1953 1953 | Colour | 111 mins | Cert U | Hollywood Classics | Musical

Cast: Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray

One of Minnelli’s greatest musicals finds a high-brow producer (Buchanan) trying to turn Astaire’s comeback show into an arthouse version of Faust. A stream of brilliant Howard Dietz/Arthur Schwartz numbers include ‘A Shine on Your Shoes’ and ‘Dancing in the Dark’. Written by Comden and Green. Art direction by Cedric Gibbons. ‘A film that makes you give a heartfelt cry of sympathy with one of the lyrics, ‘That’s Entertainment’ – and then add nostalgically ‘…that was.’’ Evening Standard, 1977

Available on: 35mm


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