We had some friends over last weekend and somehow the ultra-brilliant The Band Wagon came up. When they left I basically shoved it into their hands and forced them to borrow it. And I’d force you too. If you haven’t seen it, implore you to do so.
Here’s the last number, The Girl Hunt Ballet, which is part of the show within the movie. I’m so crazy about the movement that leads us into this scene and of the crowd in the bar. It’s so usual but totally conveys the frenetic, excitable, drunken, quasi-violet vibe of a typical New York speak.
And then there’s Cyd ‘Beautiful Dynamite‘ Charisse and Fred matching her step for step – really impressive synchronization.
I saw an interview with Cyd Charisse once and she said her husband could always tell who she’d worked with that day on the MGM set: if she came home covered it bruises it was Gene Kelly. If not, it was the gentle and agile Fred Astaire.
Enjoy, and here’s more Terp Tuesdays if you fancy.