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42nd Street

The great backstage musical features Busby Berkeley’s thrilling and groundbreaking choreography.

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USA 1933
Dirs Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley
With Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, Ruby Keeler
Certificate U

‘You’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!’ In this definitive backstage musical, Ruby Keeler is the chorus girl who gets her break when the leading lady breaks her ankle. It’s only in the film’s latter stages that it becomes a full-blown musical, but Busby Berkeley’s breathtaking choreographic vision changed the possibilities of the genre for ever.

Robin Baker

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+ Page ‘Miss Glory’
USA. Dir Tex Avery. 8min
A gleefully animated art deco and Busby Berkeley spoof.

The screening on Fri 13 Dec will be introduced by Miles Eady, BFI Cinemas and Events.


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