DRESS UP: Ziegfeld Follies

It’s time to don your best and join the monthly Cinefamily fashion parade, as host Alia Penner unlocks the door to a cascading realm of girl worlds: eye-pleasing fashionable films from across the decades that conjure up a perfect picture of ultra-chic threads, interiors, lines, shapes and other vogue-ish vittles.

A Technicolor confection to rival The Wizard Of Oz for sheer color, Ziegfeld Follies combines song, dance, comedy and a platoon of old-school Hollywood A-listers, all coming together for the Forties variety show of your dreams. Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Lena Horne and many more give their all in scenes featuring regal princesses and raunchy reprobates, underwater fantasias and Caribbean dens of sin — and the costumes are so lavish and rainbowed that they “resemble nothing so much as an explosion in Liberace’s wardrobe cabinet” (Bright Lights Film Journal.) Decked out in butterfly frills, pink mink and outrageously glittery headgear, this magical omnibus of musical numbers gets right to the heart of the matter by dispensing with plot altogether, as the flow of top-tapping moves, glitzy glamour and even stop-motion animation(!) never stops.
Dirs. Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, Merrill Pye, George Sidney & Charles Walters, 1946, 35mm, 110 min.

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