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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't hear ME complain, 29 Mar 2005
This review is from: Easter Parade [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
How could you not love 'Easter Parade'? It is among the most loveable of musicals, it has some of the best music, and if it is hardly the most innovative or daring, it works like a charm.
Charles Walters' classic from 1948 was one of the most bitterly missed of pictures not yet out on DVD, now Vincente Minnelli's 'The Pirate' holds that honour. This luxurious 2-disc edition boasts a wonderful-looking transfer, a very illuminating commentary track and lots of other extras that you will want to watch at least once. The documentary profile on Judy Garland is especially attractive, and my warm thanks go to MGM for retrieving the 'Mr. Monotony' song from the vault.
'Easter Parade' is vintage in every sense of the word. From Fred Astaire's rendition of 'It Only Happens When I Dance With You' (that trip to heaven, till the dance is through, but I know you know the rest!), while taking the floor with sassy Ann Miller, from here on it is like the director and his stars can do no wrong. So okay, Peter Lawford can't sing, but his 'I'm Just a Fella' (you know, with an umbrella!) has charm and ingenuity. And listen to Ann Miller's 'Shakin' the Blues Away' which is, almost, my favourite number of the film. Astaire's 'Steppin' Out With My Baby' is certainly another option, and for once in the Astaire oeuvre of the 40's it is obvious that Gene Kelly has already been around to revolutionize screen dancing. 'A Couple of Swells' where Astaire teams up with Garland as a superb duo of unshaven hobos has never been equalled, and then there is also the title track and the Garland weepie 'Better Luck Next Time' (but that will never be, will it?).
As you can tell, I love 'Easter Parade'. I'm not saying, though, that I wouldn't have liked to see the film they had scripted at the outset, a film that promised to be a lot darker and more morally ambiguous, but that is hardly MGM fare and Astaire was probably not willing to risk it, so we are left with this crowd-pleaser.
And I thank you.
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