The Belle of New York
Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen dance above the rooftops of New York.
Dir Charles Waters
With Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Marjorie Wain
Starring two of Hollywood’s greatest dancers, Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen, The Belle of New York proved too whimsical for post-war America. Decades later, this 1900-set tale (think Guys and Dolls without the gamblers) feels charged with both charm and magic. Here, lovers float free of gravity, a moment that feels like a dry-run for the planetarium sequence in La La Land.
Screening on a 35mm Technicolor dye transfer print from the BFI National Archive.
Also available on BFI Player.
This short film will be presented before the following screening of The Belle of New York - Mon 2 Dec 20:30 NFT2
BBC 2019. Written and voiced by Robin Baker. Digital. 5min
How three films revolutionised the movie musical and brought sex and spectacle to the big screen.
Robin Baker, Head Curator BFI National Archive & BFI Musicals! programmer explores how three films from 1933 revolutionised the movie musical and brought sex and spectacle to the big screen: 42nd Street, Footlight Parade and Gold Diggers of 1933, all choreographed by the pioneering and highly influential filmmaker Busby Berkeley.