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MGM Musicals Come To BFI Southbank

The wonderful world of the MGM Musical will be celebrated at BFI Southbank throughout November and December. From composers such as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, choreographers and actors including Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire to the greatest musical singing and dancing stars including Judy Garland, Ann Miller and Cyd Charisse - they will all be presented in their full glory on the big screen.
Many musicals will screen in newly restored prints and there will be some very special guests and events to introduce well loved films from an age that has never been forgotten.
As a centrepiece of this season, BFI Distribution will release two of the most dazzling titles – An American in Paris (1952) and Meet Me in St Louis (1944) - nationwide and each will screen in an Extended Run at BFI Southbank.
The 50th anniversary release of West Side Story (1961), screening in an Extended Run at BFI Southbank from 16 September, will launch the MGM Musicals season and will also herald an ongoing tribute to the musical genre from the BFI, throughout the next three years. This instalment will conclude with a very rare outing for Ken Russell’s The Boy Friend (1971), a comic pastiche of the roaring 1920s starring Twiggy.
This golden era of Hollywood song and dance will begin with fare from the dazzling 1930s including Joan Crawford and Clark Gable in Dancing Lady (1933), a time when Eleanor Powell began tapping her way to fascinating rhythms in Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) and Judy Garland was brought in to replace Shirley Temple as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
These titles are just an example of the glorious Technicolor spectacles that will be offered throughout MGM Musicals.

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