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698 Ratings

The Band Wagon

Directed by Vincente Minnelli
United States, 1953
Musical, Comedy

Synopsis

Writers Comden and Green create a theatrical variation of Singin’ in the Rain’s studio setting, with Fred Astaire as a washed up Hollywood hoofer aiming for a Broadway comeback.

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The Band Wagon Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1954 | 3 nominations including: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay

Writers Guild of America

1954 | Nominee: Best Written American Musical (Screen)

Critics reviews

The human anchor of the film is, oddly, Cyd Charisse, in her first starring role at thirty-one: Imposing and impossibly lithe, she’s pop-Cubism in motion yet remarkably down-to-earth. Pauline Kael thought her acting wooden, but playing the ballerina protégé of a Balanchine/Jerome Robbins–type choreographer, her unpolished delivery seems right for a wary, diffident outsider who masks her vulnerabilities by presenting an aura of inscrutability.
April 18, 2015
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Once the melody of “Dancing in the Dark” eases onto the score, [Astaire and Charisse] move as one organism in a dance of light, joyful communion. It is an expression of love by other means, and, as choreographed by Michael Kidd, is one of the glories of the Hollywood musical. The Band Wagon (1953) is an overwhelming sensorium of movement and color, and one of the more convincing arguments in justifying Hollywood’s existence.
March 03, 2015
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The Band Wagon may not be about anything deeper than the joys of beautifully conceived movement playing out with perfect precision, but the film’s meticulousness in mounting a total, blissful defense of those pleasures makes it immortal.
October 10, 2013
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