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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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.
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)
One can already see the cracks in the facade of musicals "too big to fail": an expensive production with large sets and a lame premise that stifle all energy. Every song is twice as long as it should be, and twice as slow - it makes those 108 minutes hard to sit through without thinking about it too much.
Not exactly what I would consider a classic musical, but the combined talents of Minnelli, Kelly, and Charisse couldnt possibly produce a terrible film. This film suffers from being shot on a sound stage instead of Scotland. Its blatantly obvious and unfortunately really detracts from the film. Still, its very entertaining, and worth a look if you a fan of MGM's glory days of producing stellar musicals. Check it out