Brigadoon (1954)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1954.  Screenplay by , based on his musical play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Gene Kelly and  play tourists in the highlands of Scotland who happen upon a mystical village in the middle of enchanted glade, a tiny hamlet that only comes to life for one day every hundred years.

Their time is mostly spent in getting to know the charming locals, Kelly particularly becoming enamored of a young lass () with killer dancing legs. At the end of the day Kelly and Johnson must leave and rejoin modern-day society, the two lovers doomed to be apart for all eternity. Or are they?

Much of the original content (and a fair bit of music) was excised from the Broadway musical by Lerner and Loewe, leaving an adequate but hardly inspiring Hollywood musical film.

“The Heather On The Hill” is a highlight, but director Vincente Minnelli and the studio decided upon indoor sets for filming instead of real locations and the overall effect dampens the charm of the material.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Art Direction-Colour; Best Costume Design-Colour; Best Sound Recording

Golden Globe Award:  Best Cinematography-Colour


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