The Band Wagon (1953)

Stanley Donen directs Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Nanette Fabray in this musical where a failing song and dance star sees his Broadway comeback taken over by pretentious cast members.

Martin Scorsese’s favourite musical. Which might have set expectations a little too high. It is bitty and smug… with not quite enough showstopping numbers. Three or four of the breakouts though are zippy and flamboyant though. The broad acting is delightful.


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