The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences – THE BAND WAGON on 35mm

The Band Wagon 1

This Technicolor extravaganza came at a time when MGM could do no wrong, especially the Freed Unit (named for producer Arthur Freed), which released the justly famous SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN the prior year to rapturous critical and audience reception. Minnelli’s film—produced by Freed and written by the same team behind SINGIN’—while lesser known, offers much of the same visual and aural pleasure and self-reflexivity while adding a melancholic edge, focusing on declining star Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire), who seeks to revitalize his career on Broadway. However, Tony, along with co-star Gaby (Cyd Charisse), must overcome a pretentious director who seeks to turn a light comedy into a retelling of the Faust legend—and, somehow, fall in love on the way to saving the show. (112 mins.)

THE BAND WAGON screens Saturday, August 15 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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