Another highlight of MGM’s musical films of the 1950s and a great example of Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s continued interest in the contrast between the celebratory nature of popular forms such as the musical and the potential pretentiousness of dramatic theatre. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, on this occasion Fred Astaire plays a major musical star who returns to Broadway from Hollywood and has to reconnect with the uninhibited nature of song and dance. That’s Entertainment indeed!
Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO.