On the Town

April 8, 2018

April 8, 2018

1:00 pm To 2:38 pm

TIFF Bell Lightbox, King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada


Event Description

Gene Kelly and his choreographic collaborator Stanley Donen took the directorial reins for the first time for this classic musical, which became instantly famous as the first Hollywood film to shoot musical numbers on location. That milestone arrives in the film’s opening moments, as sailors Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin tumble off their ship in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and take in the Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, Liberty Island, Washington Square, and the top of the Rockefeller Center while tunefully saluting this “wonderful town.” On a 24-hour leave and looking for love, the boys hook up with three fleet-footed good-time girls (Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller, and Betty Garrett) and take in the town during an eventful night. Highlighted by the cast’s energetic performance of the title tune and the first of Kelly’s ambitious “dream ballets,” On the Town is “a fine, freewheeling musical … a loopy, anything-goes movie, graced with the freshness of a Hollywood nouvelle vague (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader).

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