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Year
1953
Runtime
112 min.
Director
Vincente Minnelli
Genres
Romance, Comedy, Musical
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
5,873
Checks
2,813
Favs
177
Dislikes
28
Favs/checks
6.3% (1:16)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. Msainy's avatar

    Msainy

    Cyd Charisse greatest role, she's wonderful.
    Also Astaire best movie, along with Top Hat.
    8 years 4 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    There's something autobiographical about The Band Wagon, in which Fred Astaire is painted as a has-been tapping around in old-fashioned entertainments and being told he needs to reinvent himself. Was he feeling this in 1953 at the age of 54? If so, this flighty musical is a statement. It denies the need for reinvention and affirms the relevance of the kind of song and dance shows he does best. In the story, he is roped into doing a Broadway show with a maverick director who proceeds to change everything so it will become an "important" work, a premise that provides a lot of funny comedy, especially if you know theater people. We're told the original script of the show had "just enough plot" to hang musical numbers on, and folks, that's exactly how The Band Wagon works. At times, it feels like a collection of musical numbers the production wanted to do, plot be damned, but see, it gave itself permission to do that, so you can't get too frustrated. It's all worth it anyway for that expressionistic musical film noir number (the one that inspired Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal video), which is incredible. And look, Cyd Charisse is in this and I'm not made of wood. I don't think there's a more precise and beautiful dancer in all of cinema. 11 months 2 weeks ago
  3. eiriknielsen's avatar

    eiriknielsen

    What the hell kind of musical was that supposed to be at the end? If anyone could explain to me how those numbers were supposed to tie together in a story it would be greatly appreciated. It mostly just felt like a set of loose musical numbers. Like Minnelli's An American in Paris with less story. 6 years 11 months ago
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