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The Band Wagon

Film/Video

Images courtesy of Warner Bros Films

The Band Wagon

Vincente Minnelli, 1953

Film History 101

As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.

Classics

Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 7 PM

Considered by many to be Vincente Minnelli’s finest musical, The Band Wagon stars Fred Astaire as an aging hoofer whose Broadway comeback vehicle is hijacked by pretentious producer Jack Buchanan, who wants to do a modernist take on Faust.

Cyd Charisse is nothing short of bewitching as Astaire’s partner in such numbers as “Dancing in the Dark” and “Girl Hunt.” As Astaire said of Charisse, “When you danced with her, you stayed danced with.” (111 mins., 35mm)