Saturday, 8 October 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 295: Sat Oct 22

Cabin in the Sky (Minnelli, 1943): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 3.50pm


This 35mm screening is part of the Black Star season at BFI Southbank. Details here. This film will also be shown on October 20th.

Time Out review:
One can easily criticise this all-black musical (Vincente Minnelli's first feature) for falling prey to the same 'Uncle Tom' stereotyping that characterised Green Pastures, but there's no denying both the compassion with which Minnelli treats his characters and the immense cinematic talent on view. The gorgeous dreamlike sets and consummate control of the fantastic atmosphere that imbues the story (an idle, poverty-stricken farmer dreams of being sent to Hell upon dying) are already well developed. And the cast are magnificent, delivering the lovely Harold Arlen score with style and power.
Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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