"Once celebrated film and dance star Tony Hunter has had a long run of bad luck when he is hired in New York for a Broadway show that an avant-garde director wants to stage as a 'Faust' adaptation (!). Tony experiences turbulent rehearsals with partner Gaby. The symbolist musical already experiences a flop at the preview. But Tony's optimism is unbroken. He sells all his belongings and takes over the staging of the show, which now becomes a great success."
"Along with the equally versatile talents of Fred Astaire. Jack Buchanan and Cyd Charisse, and some tunes from the superb repertoire of Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, this eloquent and witty combination delivers a show that respectfully begs to be recognized as one of the best musical films ever made."
Bosley Crowther, The New York Times, 10/07/1953
"Arguably one of the two or three best musical films ever made, and along withSingin' in the Raindas the funniest and most sophisticated of the Technicolor musicals of the '50s."
Hal Hinson, The Washington Post, 6/25/1987
"When they start singing in a musical, it's always a turning point in the story (...) And it tells of the history of cinema. It tells of the technical changes (...) the first film was not 'talking' cinema, but 'singing' cinema."
Céline Sciamma, Screen Talk with Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival 2019
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112 min. color. DCP. E/d
Director: Vincente Minelli
Written by: Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Norman Corwin, Alan Jay Lerner
Cinematography: Harry Jackson, George J. Folsey
Editing: Albert Akst, George White
Music: Alexander Courage, Adolph Deutsch, Conrad Salinger
With: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray
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