Brigadoon (1954)

VINCENTE MINNELLI

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 , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1954Golden Globe Awards 1954.  

Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse in Brigadoon.

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 spent there is mostly utilized 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.

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