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The Band Wagon (1953)


Written by Tim Dirks

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The Band Wagon (1953)

In director Vincente Minnelli's great movie musical:

  • the sublime, classic, graceful, and elegant Astaire-Charisse love duet in Central Park titled "Dancing in the Dark" - a "falling-in-love" dance with white-dressed ballerina Gabrielle "Gaby" Gerard (Cyd Charisse) opposite white-suited Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire)
  • the elegant soft-shoe dance of tuxedoed, top-hatted Tony and pretentious producer-director Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan) to the tune: "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan"
  • the film's jazzy, balletic 8-minute, dreamy, film-noir, pulp B-movie, jazz-dance "The Girl Hunt Ballet" in the finale by long-legged Gabrielle (as a slinky, red-dressed femme fatale) and Tony Hunter - it functioned as a take-off or spoof on the hard-boiled Mickey Spillane detective novels ("She came at me in sections...more curves than the scenic railway")

"Dancing in the Dark"

"I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan"

"The Girl Hunt Ballet"


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