From the time of The Jazz Singer (1927) musicals have been a Hollywood staple. With this mini-season we showcase the diversity of the form, with contributions from the likes of Busby Berkeley, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Stanley Donen.
Harry Beaumont | USA | 1929 | 100 minutes
Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield’s shows. Eddie was in love with Harriet, but when he meets Queenie, he falls in love to her, but she is courted by Jock Warriner, a member of the New Yorker high society. It takes a while till Queenie recognizes, that she is for Jock nothing more than a toy, and it also takes a while till Harriet recognizes, that Eddie is in love with Queenie.
Lloyd Bacon | USA | 1933 | 89 minutes
A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star. Busby Berkeley does the choreography.
Mark Sandrich | USA | 1935 | 101 minutes
An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer. Stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Meet Me in St. Louis
Vincente Minnelli | USA | 1944 | 113 minutes
In the year before the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. Stars Judy Garland.
7 Brides for 7 Brothers
Stanley Donen | USA | 1954 | 102 minutes
In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.
Phantom of the Paradise
Brian De Palma | USA | 1974 | 92 minutes
Part Phantom of the Opera, part Faust, and a satirical commentary on the evolution of the rock and pop business.