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  1. Balthaz21's rating of the film The Band Wagon

  2. FISCHER's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    Avec "Chantons sous la pluie", ce film est un classique parmi les classiques de la comédie musicale. La gaieté, la fraîcheur et la qualité de son excellente interprétation ne semblent avoir pris aucune ride. La prestation du mythique couple Fred Astaire / Cyd Charisse, reste un grand moment de cinéma... www.cinefiches.com

  3. Luis Pires's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    That whole Girl Hunt scene was gorgeous!

  4. Babak Geranfar's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    Minnelli at it`s best + one of the most fascinating numbers i`ve ever set my eyes upon "The Girl Hunt Ballet"

  5. Scienceofphantoms's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    1953 movie with standout all-time classic "Dancing in the Dark" and a breathtaking bravura setpiece "Girl Hunt": not Minnelli's best, showy staging reveals lack of commitment in acting. But with commentary by Liza Minnelli: one of the great comedy/melodramas of our time.

  6. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    One of the greatest musicals of all time. The Man Hunt ballet at the end is what all commercial filmmakers aspire to--iconographic, ground-breaking, ravishingly beautiful. Cyd Charisse, no actress, hits her dancing apotheosis here. Legs till Tuesday and beyond.

  7. f-nanda's rating of the film The Band Wagon

  8. Aardsy's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    Many great moments in an okay film.

  9. Bram Vroonland's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    I personally love the spectacle which the thirties musical used to be. In The Band Wagon Minnellli steers away from the grandeur of the thirties and trades it for a more modest approach. Probably fine tuned to Astaire's capabilities at his age. Nonetheless it includes so much of what I love about Hollywood in the fifties. And that Girl Hunt Ballet scene. WOW!

  10. Love Walked In's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    We know this kind of 'delightful' touch with some of John Ford or Jean Renoir. See the last 3 cuts. Levant, Buchanan and Fabray starts singing along with a joy. Astaire and Charisse respond it by advancing towards the dollying camera then supporting casts follow up the middle part. Those five take over the rest with the camera gradually getting closer to them. A tiny grand finale.

  11. Dale Wittig's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    It should be called Minnelli’s Faust, as the Mephistopheles character, Jeffrey Cordova, played by Jack Buchanan, was intended as something of a self portrait. Of course Astaire’s Tony Hunter, the Faust figure, doesn’t end up damned but happily partnered with his Margaret or Gretchen, embodied by Cyd Charisse and called Gabrielle Gerard, and dancing with the Devil himself in Top Hat and Tails, having changed his plan.

  12. Andrew Miller's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    A free space for abstraction opens up at the heart of this exuberant entertainment engine.

  13. SpacePirate's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    One of Astaires best of the 50s. Charisse is absolutely delicious here. If only time machines existed....

  14. RoRoRoro's rating of the film The Band Wagon

  15. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film The Band Wagon

  16. Nabila Cyrilla Imani's rating of the film The Band Wagon

  17. Warren Spratley's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    Has to be one of the greatest films ever made, yes? Mise en scene & decoupage at their most expressive. This film goes so far out there in terms of framing, of shots reverberating wildly off each other. As always with V.M., style & spectacle are forces against time and domesticity. Vincente Minnelli is a painter, a self-reflective assessor of the world; here is a very rich, very powerful viewpoint.

  18. Chris's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    Oh man...Cyd Charisse. *swoon*

  19. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    Cyd Charisse's legs are the most beautiful in film history. They have a life of their own. When they move the top part of her into the stratosphere, she becomes a great actress. As soon as they stop, and she opens her mouth to speak, she is truly earthbound. However, when I watch her in "The Girl Hunt," I know there is no one else who can move like that because no one has legs that long, that expressive, that sexy.

  20. WhatsUpWill's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    Damn it, this film got stuck in my head. The choreography! The music! The acting! I love it all. Even the small touches like the inclusion of the ensemble party or the stagehands playing cards add to the mastery. Beautiful, fun, romantic, lovely.

  21. Amadeus Magnus's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    Choreography is ok but rest is not. too many cliches. "Triplets" sequence a little funny and mostly original. Nanette Fabray shines. Ava Gardner and Julie Newmar made a cameo. "Girl Hunt Ballet" scene inspired Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal.

  22. Jake Cole's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    Like Astaire, it moves a bit slow; age has caught up with him. And yet, it hasn't, for he is still lighter than air and 10x better than you'll ever be. Around him, the production inflates until the borders of the theater force its implosion. From the wreckage, cinema is born.

  23. AKFilmFan's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    The Broadway equivalent of Singin' in the Rain with top notch songs and story.

  24. Tomi Mendel's rating of the film The Band Wagon

    In which Minnelli proves to be the Jackie Chan of staging musical sequences. Or something.

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