Silk Stockings

Live set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

Co-presented by warnerarchive_300_90

Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire dance their final number before a Parisian backdrop in this delightfully silly sendup of golden-age Hollywood excess. Charisse’s stoic Soviet operative, Ninotchka Yoschenko, prefers the fireglow of the iron foundries behind Paris’ major public works over its romantic boulevards, until Astaire’s enterprising American producer sweeps her away to the tunes of Cole Porter. A swingin’ swansong made by major studio players before Old Hollywood came crashing down, Silk Stockings finds Astaire and Charisse in their final Freed Unit production, coincidentally the final completed film by musical pioneer Rouben Mamoulian, and also features a late-career comic turn from Peter Lorre as one-third of a trio of bumbling Soviet commissars seduced by the City of Lights.

Dir. Rouben Mamoulian, 1957, 35mm, 117 min.