Friday, November 5, 2010

Easter Parade

Fred Astaire's dancing partner, Ann Miller, goes solo. Astaire chooses chorus girl Judy Garland as his new partner. Also starring Peter Lawford.

This is a perfectly fine musical, with big numbers and bright colours, but I grew a bit bored during the film. It doesn't really have the charm that the best of the Astaire / Rogers films had. Those films seemed smaller, more intimate, and were funnier. It wasn't all about the razzle dazzle. There are two numbers that stand out, though. One is a trick sequence where the background dancers move at regular speed, while Astaire, in the foreground, dances in slow motion, the other is A couple of swells, where Astaire and Garland are dressed as hobos.

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