Monday, 9 May 2011

Review: Brigadoon

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Brigadoon (1954)
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse

A whimsical tale set in a mysterious village in the Scottish highlands, this film is a piece of cinematic genius.

Despite having a slightly unbelievable plot, the stars involved shine in their roles. Gene Kelly is the tap dancing New Yorker searching for love whilst Cyd Charisse is Fiona, the object of his affections praying for a miracle, and Van Johnson is the cynical best friend being dragged along for the ride.

The film begins with Tommy Albright (Gene Kelly) and alcoholic pal Jeff (Van Johnson) discovering said village after having lost their way in the Scottish highlands. A couple of misunderstandings, prolonged glances and musical numbers later and Brigadoon is on its way to becoming one of your favourite musicals ever. A wedding, a kidnapping, a tragedy, time travel, a magical priest, sheep... this film has it all.

Whether or not you’re a fan of musicals, Brigadoon sets itself apart, not least for its unusual repertoire of dance numbers. Fans of hard-hitting dramas should steer clear, but for those who can appreciate entertaining nonsense, Brigadoon will not disappoint. 

For a teaser, see this video. It will stay with you for a long time...

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