Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 64: Mon Jul 19

Cabin in the Sky (Minnelli, 1943): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 2pm


This screening is a 35mm presentation.
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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