A Broadway artiste turns a faded film star's comeback vehicle into an artsy flop.
A Broadway artiste turns a faded film star's comeback vehicle into an artsy flop.
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This might seem overly emotional, but tonight I cried for like half an hour over something that I have seen hundreds of times, and that's exactly why I cried: Because I still can't believe how amazing it is, when really I should be used to it by now, and it fills me with such profound love and moves me to such a degree that I cannot express myself any other way than with tears. I believe that we are all alone in our pain as well as in our joys, so I understand that my words here are futile, but I still wanted to share this with anyone who cares: Dancing in the Dark, without a doubt the most romantic of the Astaire dances, and one of the most beautiful moments ever captured on film. If perfection exists, you too might find it here.
the Triplets number is straight up one of the most terrifying sequences I’ve ever seen in a movie. rest of this thing is overwhelmingly delightful! I love Fred Astaire!
Now widely recognised to be one of the finest of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals, The Band Wagon is bombarded with colours, a high spiritedness and all-round goodwill that it's impossible not to get submerged and appreciate the humorous celebrations. Directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Fred Astaire, in one of his final substantial musical roles, it sees him strenuously applying himself to the complicated and sophisticated music and dance numbers, including the well-known That’s Entertainment!
It additionally incorporates some thoroughly absurdist moments such as when Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray and Jack Buchanan portray dancing infant triplets singing about purchasing a firearm so they can shoot one another. It's the films wholehearted encompassing of all it's many eclectic moments which formulates the narrative about Tony Hunter (Astaire) an ageing movie star who has become neglected by the Hollywood hierarchy and attempting to make a comeback to be so highly delightful.
Like Astaire, it moves a bit slow; age has caught up with him. And yet, it hasn't, for he is still lighter than air and 10x better than you'll ever be. Around him, the production inflates until the borders of the theater force its implosion. From the wreckage, cinema is born.
“She was scared. Scared as a turkey in November.” – Tony Hunter
“Singin’ in the Rain” is supposed to be my all-time favorite musical, and everybody else I know says it too, but after awhile I knew it by heart so well I was happy to stumble upon a new favorite. The Band Wagon a dozen viewings later is something of a miracle to me in which I never cease to find something else to delight in. Fred Astaire starred in it as he was sliding into the twilight of his career and he happened to play a fallen star named Tony Hunter, a one-time matinee idol and hoofer (that’s a tap-dance man), who has hit a brick wall in…
I fully intend to slide into 2019 in the manner of Cyd Charisse
The reviews were correct: the "Triplets" song is disturbing. And the "Shoe Shine" song... well, the Hollywood practice of casting black performers in service roles combined with the racial stereotyping leaves a sour taste in the eyes. It weakens a movie otherwise rich with movement and color (honestly the black suits with the colorful shirts in the speakeasy scene... why does that look so good?), sweet and funny, and starring two paragons of dance. This is why classic Hollywood has to be deeply critically appreciated if it's appreciated at all.
I had so much fun with this film! Having seen so many musicals at this point, I was surprised by how fresh this felt, despite carrying all the trademarks for 50s musicals. Vincente Minnelli— like Stanley Donen— captures his contemporary times so well, with everything feeling spontaneous and very now. I really like how this film does not just rely on Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse’s talents to carry the show, but it also boasts a terrific supporting cast that have their fair share of great moments as well. I’m in a good mood now.
(Also, that Ava Gardner cameo was great.)
Cordova's Faust debacle > why can't us kids get together and put on ourselves a show!
Singin' in the Rain (1952) redefined the genre in many ways and it took Hollywood decades to adapt to its disruptive innovations: it retained the extraordinary atrezzo and theatrical feeling of a play in big screen musicals while discussing meta through the transition from silent filmmaking to the era of sound. Minnelli, a significant name in this show-business, lost zero time and constructs this in one year: a meta discussion of how we, viewers, cinematically perceive musicals as fantastical and unrealistic, yet equally charming theater plays, but also about the whole creative and technical processes behind the elaboration of a theater play.
It's the idea within the idea: the film is aware of the film musical genre's positioning inside the…
I started this musical marathon because I was too ignorant on early to mid-20th century musical cinema. I figured that I would be seeing several Fred Astaire films, seeing as how he was an instrumental figure in the genre. What I wasn’t expecting was to see one of his later films first.
It was evident that this was an aging Astaire. I have seen clips of his effortless dancing from earlier movies, and it did look like this movie was going out of its way to have him not dance as much or as in such a challenging way. But in an odd way, it really worked for the story.
The film is about a washed up song-and-dance actor that…
Today I visited Fred Astaire's birthplace in Omaha and I made a video about it.
Please keep in mind this is my first travel video and I'm not very good with the camera (yet), but maybe you'll find it interesting. It was very windy so it's best not to watch it with headphones on.
not to virtue signal or w/e
but this old musical is such a treasure
so it's sad to see such delight
reserved for skin that is white :\
good thing La La Land, the modern ode to classical musicals, took that opportunity to feature...lmao ok this is punching down
i havent seen a ton of minnelli or MGM musicals in general, but god damn it is just so fucking fun to watch people dance.
I want lessons. I wanna dance againnnnnnn baby. so many people in a single shot! I didn't even know they *had* that many ppl back then.
astaire's got such a beautiful sadness. or I'm projecting.
anyway, cozy morning movie.
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Głównym bohaterem filmu jest Tony Hunter – aktor i tancerz, którego kariera filmowa chyli się ku upadkowi. Hunter wraca do Nowego Jorku, aby wystąpić na Broadwayu w sztuce napisanej dla niego przez znajomych dramaturgów – Lily i Lestera Martonów. Reżyserem spektaklu ma być genialny aktor, pisarz i reżyser Jeffrey Cordova. Początkowo sztuka ma być lekką komedią o pisarzu, który dla pieniędzy tworzy poczytne kryminały, jednak Cordova przekształca spektakl we współczesną wersję historii Fausta, obsadzając siebie w roli Diabła, a Huntera w roli Fausta. Obsadę uzupełnia młoda tancerka Gabrielle Gerard. Premiera kończy się niepowodzeniem, a Hunter postanawia wystawić spektakl…
More sets, more costumes, more dancing!
Pretty much why I don't go out of my way to watch old-time musicals, even when they show up on best of lists.
The fact that this movie isn't as well-known as its contemporary Singin' In The Rain is a goddamn travesty. Witty, colorful, genuinely hilarious with catchy songs and wonderful dancing, this is particularly a musical for lovers of the theater and it's an all-around joy. It's told with a visibly profound love for both movies and broadway, while also being a thoughtful study of those who feel like they're aging out of their worlds.
Fun fact: This movie is directly referenced in a ton of Michael Jackson music videos, so it's fun looking for easter eggs.
“Girl Hunt: a murder mystery in jazz” 👏🏻 STUNNING
as vezes é o suficiente ver umas danças e cantos sabe
so much good scarf inspo
Astaire<Kelly. Minnelli<Donen. Cyd Charisse is lovely.
I was dancing along tbh!
this was Just Fine!! It actually moved very slowly in the first two-thirds of the film, then the last third was almost manic and absurdist?? the Triplets number was absolutely insane, and what kind of a musical features ALL of the songs that are supposed to be in this musical within the film?? “Dancing in the Dark” was gorgeous, though, and made me happy because of its connections to La La Land; “Girl Hunt” was also a fun story-within-the-story. the dancing was incredible, of course, but what else do we expect from Fred and Cyd?
Hey everybody, let's put on a show!
Roger Ebert's Great Movies led me to the MGM musical The Band Wagon. It's directed by Vincente Minnelli (the father of that talented crackpot), stars an aging Fred Astaire (he's not Funny Face-old but he's pretty close) and features a key supporting role by Oscar Levant (who's not nearly as cool in this as he was in An American in Paris).
This film was written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green a year after the pair did Singin' in the Rain and this feels like a pale imitation of that (only with Broadway instead of Hollywood). Near the end it has a long, artsy dance number just like "Gotta Dance" (or the ballet…
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