Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
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Thu, Jan 3, 2013
7:30pm
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MOTION PICTURESQUE: CINEMA AT ITS MOST BEAUTIFUL
Vincente Minnelli Musical Double Feature!
THE BAND WAGON / MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
60th Anniversary!

THE BAND WAGON
1953, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Brilliant backstage musical from the pen of Comden and Green (including songs "That’s Entertainment" and "Dancing in the Dark"), starring Fred Astaire as a washed-up dancer who joins forces with megolomaniac producer Jack Buchanan (a true delight) and gal-pal Nanette Fabray. Arguably the most modern and inventive of the great MGM musicals - climaxing in the mind-blowing "Girl Chase" ballet with Astaire and vamp Cyd Charisse!


MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
1944, Warner Bros., 113 min, USA, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Life seems perfect in St. Louis on the brink of the 1904 World’s Fair for the four sisters of a working-class family, until the father reveals they have to leave for New York. Adapted from Sally Benson’s short stories, originally published in The New Yorker, this gem of cinematic, picture-postcard Americana and youthful romance marked the beginning of the golden age of MGM musicals. And the golden age for director Vincente Minnelli as well: He married Judy Garland the following year. The songs became standards (remember "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"?), and the feature was one of MGM’s biggest successes in its day.


Screening formats: 35mm (THE BAND WAGON) and DCP (MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS)
Aero Theatre • Thu, Jan 3, 2013 • 7:30pm
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