Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 161: Sun Jun 12

The Pirate (Minnelli, 1948): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 3.50pm

This 35mm presentation (also being screened on June 26th) is part of the Judy Garland season at BFI Southbank. You can find all the details of the season here.

Time Out review:
A dazzling Caribbean cod-swashbuckler of a musical, with acting as its very theme and the imaginative projection of illusionism its self-referential life-blood. Strolling player (Gene Kelly) woos sheltered but romantic girl (Judy Garland) in the guise of the notorious pirate Macoco, while her dull fiancé (Walter Slezak) desperately hangs on to his own concealed identity. Cole Porter songs, a choreographed camera, vivacious performances, and Minnelli's customarily camp colour scheme and decor are wonderfully seductive vehicles for the themes that run obsessively through almost all the director's films, be they musicals, comedies or melodramas.
Paul Taylor

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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