Favorite things about… Les Girls (1957)

The favorite film: Les Girls, a Cole Porter musical directed by George Cukor for MGM The synopsis: Sybil Wren, a famous dancer known to the public as “Lady Wren,” is sued for libel by Angele DuCros. Angele, Sybil, and their fellow dancer Joy find themselves at odds over which version of the truth is the honest-to-goodness truth, after Sybil publishes a memoir of her time … Continue reading Favorite things about… Les Girls (1957)

One year, one film: 1944 – Cover Girl

One year, one film: 1944 The film: Cover Girl, dir. Charles Vidor starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE The year of 1944 brought to life one of the loveliest musicals of the silver screen: Cover Girl, starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. This film has been a favorite of mine for years — one of the first films I discovered when … Continue reading One year, one film: 1944 – Cover Girl

The Classic Movie History Project, 2015: ‘For Me and My Gal’ as Wartime Cinema

Note: This post will contain some spoilers. Read with caution if you’ve never seen For Me and My Gal. Additionally, this post was written for The Classic Movie History Project blogathon. For more information on this blogathon, see the end of the post! With World War II looming heavily over every aspect of American life during the late 1930s and early 1940s, a small trend … Continue reading The Classic Movie History Project, 2015: ‘For Me and My Gal’ as Wartime Cinema

TMP READS: All Singing! All Talking! All Dancing! by John Springer

All Singing! All Talking! All Dancing!: A pictorial history of the movie musical by John Springer was first published in 1966. Before the book even begins, it contains one of the most clever dedications I’ve ever seen in a classic film book. It reads: “This Book Is Dedicated To – The second chorus cutie from the right who just happens to know all the steps … Continue reading TMP READS: All Singing! All Talking! All Dancing! by John Springer

Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)

Dance teacher Delphine (Catherine Deneuve) and her musician sister Solange (Françoise Dorléac, Deneuve’s real-life sister) live in Rochefort, a somewhat sleepy seaside town. Their mother Yvonne (Danielle Darrieux) owns a local café. Both sisters dream of leaving Rochefort to find excitement and true love, while their mother daydreams about a lost love. When a fair comes to Rochefort and takes over the town square, Delphine … Continue reading Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)

Favorite things about… The Pirate

The favorite film: The Pirate, a 1948 Technicolor musical directed by Vincente Minnelli The synopsis: Manuela has just become engaged to one of the richest men in town, but begrudgingly so. Her heart belongs to a pirate named Mack the Black Macoco, who she has read about in adventure books. Accepting the fact that she must marry and have a life free of adventure, Manuela … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Pirate

Invitation to the Dance (1956)

Gene Kelly directs, choreographs and stars in 1956’s dialogue-free technicolor film Invitation to the Dance. The film tells three short stories, all featuring different styles of dance. Gene lets himself “Be a Clown” again in the first segment, “Circus.” He stars as a marine in the second segment, “Ring Around the Rosy.” And in the third, “Sinbad the Sailor,” he stars as none other than… … Continue reading Invitation to the Dance (1956)

100 years of Gene Kelly: A centennial tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest performers!

There is a great pool of extremely talented actors from the studio era who never (aside from an honorary award, in some cases) won an Oscar. Ironically, many of these actors who were ignored by the Academy during their heyday have become old Hollywood’s most enduring and beloved stars. One such man is Gene Kelly, born Eugene Curran Kelly on August 23, 1912. The Pennsylvania … Continue reading 100 years of Gene Kelly: A centennial tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest performers!