Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 289: Wed Oct 16

Cabin in the Sky (Minnelli, 1943): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.10pm

This 35mm presentation of Vincente Minnelli’s groundbreaking film is part of the BFI musicals season (details here). The movie will also be shown on November 10th. Full details here.

Time Out review:
One can easily criticise this all-black musical (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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