The Band Wagon
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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