Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.
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What makes that marriage scene, poised in the middle of the film, so eerily moving? Is it that the trauma the union is founded on (the rejected lover) haunts the scene, all (comic) union coming at the cost of a (tragic) sacrifice? Is it the (tragic) avowal that (comic) community, however blessed, is founded on bitter exclusions? (CONTD IN COMMENTS)
I have many more Minnellis to see, but as of now this seems to me to be his greatest film along with THE CLOCK & THE LONG, LONG TRAILER. Here, Minnelli makes clear that time is a great, deep tragedy, that all must disappear by way of movement, mist, & color. Love & the rendering of that love in some manner or medium are sacred elements to which one must strive to be devoted. Jeff & Harry: distressingly beyond hope.