Silk Stockings (1957)
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Silk Stockings, the musical remake of Ninotchka with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, is a product of its time insofar as gender politics go. Contemporary eyes will find Astaire's movie producer really kind of slimy and cheer on Charisse's Soviet robot resisting his aggressive advances. Having forgiven 1957 its attitudes, the movie is a very funny Cold War comedy, painting the Soviet regime in an amusing light, a parody of knowing parody of its brand of fascism. I've never laughed so hard or so long at systemic censorship, I swear. As a musical, it is uneven. It can go a little too long before a musical number, but then it has these wonderful dance numbers that express the characters' interior life. Its love themes are cheesy and old-fashioned, but the comedy songs are fun and memorable. You might just want to check it out for latter-day Peter Lorre in one of his weirdest roles (and that's saying something).
Nice musical remake of the classic Ninotchka (1939). Some great dance sequences and a lovely 50s feel.
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This movie ranks #82 in 100 Musicals (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #528 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #801 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #834 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life