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Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

On the Town

A joyous musical set in New York from the directors of Singin’ in the Rain.

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USA 1949
Dirs Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
With Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller, Betty Garrett
Certificate U

With sequences gloriously shot on location in New York, On the Town (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1949), tells the story of three sailors who find romance while on 24-hour shore leave is a joy from start to finish. On the Town features music by maestro Leonard Bernstein and a deliciously droll screenplay (and lyrics) by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Kelly and Sinatra radiate charm but Betty Garrett, as the wise-cracking taxi driver, practically steals the film.

Heather Osborn

This short film will be presented before the following screenings of On the Town - Wed 16 Oct 20:30 NFT2 and Tue 5 Nov 20:30 NFT2

Busby Berkeleyland
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.

The screening on Sat 26 Oct will be introduced by Patricia Ward Kelly.


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