The Band Wagon


(out of 5)

Vincente Minnelli outdid his own An American In Paris with this brilliantly photographed and staged musical, probably the best from ‘s later career period. Astaire plays a has-been movie star who is given the chance to make a comeback when his good friends (, ) write a Broadway musical and ask him to star in it. The show should go well, but first he has to put up with a snotty prima donna (), her Svengali-style choreographer boyfriend () and a melodramatic producer/director () who has totally different ideas for the show than originally planned (a modern musical version of Faust to be exact). No one knew colour like Vincente Minnelli, and this is one of the best examples–the song and dance numbers are beautiful and Charisse’s dancing couldn’t be better.


USA, 1953

Directed by

Story and Screenplay by

Cinematography by 

Produced by 

Music by , ,

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Award Nominations
Best Costume Design (Colour) (Mary Ann Nyberg)
Best Music (Music Score of a Musical Picture) (Adolph Deutsch)
Best Writing (Story and Screenplay) (Betty Comden, Adolph Green)


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