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The Band Wagon (1953) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens.

The Band Wagon was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1995.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Costume DesignMary Ann NybergNominated
Best Music - ScoringAdolph DeutschNominated
Best WritingBetty Comden, Adolph GreenNominated
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The Band Wagon (1953)

By Beatrice on Nov 1, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Band Wagon Directed by Vicente Minnelli Written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green 1953/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing/from my DVD collection #266 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die I have loved this movie for decades. ?Yesterday’s viewing did nothing to change my opinio... Read full article


Why I never joined The Band Wagon...

By BG Voita on Jan 18, 2015 From Classic Reel Girl

When I signed up to write an anti-Band Wagon post, I was a little nervous. Images of angry dancing gods Down to Earth-style floated in my head. How dare I speak badly about the pairing of two dancing greats: Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire. I have revisited The Band Wagon (1953) many times ov... Read full article


The Band Wagon (1953)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 7, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Going into this film I must admit that despite hearing good things, I had zero expectations. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this Minnelli musical, because it was a deft and often beautiful production. Channeling the same vein as Singin’ in the Rain and The Red Shoes, this film is a s... Read full article


The Band Wagon (1953)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 7, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Going into this film I must admit that despite hearing good things, I had zero expectations. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this Minnelli musical?because it was a deft and often beautiful production. Channeling the same vein as Singin’ in the Rain and The Red Shoes, this film is a sp... Read full article


The Band Wagon (1953)

By Cameron on Jul 21, 2014 From The Blonde At The Film

via: http://legs.free.fr/English/films01.html ? ?Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own After venturing down the Primrose Path last week, it’s time for a big, bright musical by the people who did it best. So here is MGM’s Freed Unit and Vincente Minnelli putting on a show starring... Read full article


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Gabrielle Gerard: That's an early Degas, isn't it?
[examines painting]
Gabrielle Gerard: 1877...
Tony Hunter: [playing up their age difference] Yeah, I swiped it from his desk in school. Was he sore...


Tony Hunter: The city was asleep. The joints were closed. The rats and hoods and killers were in their holes.


Tony Hunter: She was scared. Scared as a turkey in November.


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The title is from an original 1931 Broadway musical, by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, which starred Fred Astaire and his sister, Adele Astaire. Only the title and some of the songs were borrowed for this film, and the stories are entirely different. The exact same thing occurred later with Fred Astaire in Funny Face, in which Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire had originally appeared on Broadway in 1927. The only opportunity Astaire had to recreate a role on film that he had originated on Broadway was in The Gay Divorcee, from Broadway's "Gay Divorce".
Ginger Rogers met Fred Astaire in New York in the early 1930s and they dated briefly. She saw him perform in the original Broadway production of this show. She was enraptured by his dancing with Tilly Losch and wrote: "If I had known that I was going to be Fred's partner in a matter of months, I would have paid closer attention to each move and pause".
The full-skirted white dress worn by Cyd Charisse in "Dancing In The Dark" was actually copied from a dress worn by the film's costume designer Mary Ann Nyberg. Director Vincente Minnelli tried to buy it off the rack (it originally cost about $25), but no store carried exactly that type of frock. It was finally created from scratch for about $1,000.
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