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Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

Du Barry Was a Lady

Lucille Ball and Gene Kelly visit the Technicolor court of Louis XV.

Image from Du Barry Was a Lady

USA 1943
Dir Roy Del Ruth
With Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Virginia O’Brien
101min
35mm
Certificate U

Thanks to a drugged drink, the world of a 1940s nightclub is transported to 17th-century France... Abandon all logic – this is about the stars, the eye-popping use of Technicolor and the great musical numbers, including Cole Porter classics ‘Do I Love You?’ and ‘Friendship’. And look out for Gene Kelly’s turn as the Black Arrow – it’s like a dry-run for Singin’ in the Rain.

Robin Baker

Screening on a 35mm Technicolor dye transfer print from the BFI National Archive.

Also available on BFI Player.


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