That’s Entertainment!

I watched “That’s Entertainment!” this weekend.

What an amazing collection of film clips! Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in “Singin’ in the Rain”. Fred Astaire in “Royal Holiday”. Astaire and Eleanor Powell in “Broadway Melody of 1940”. Judy Garland in “Meet Me in St. Louis”. Such talent — dancing, singing, set design, cinematography — presented in such rapid succession…the effect is staggering.

The talents that are now unfashionable attracted me most. The tap dancing of Kelly, Astaire, and Powell. The unironic, screwball comedy of O’Connor. The nice-n-easy of Frank Sinatra.

Having grown up watching the clichés of MGM musicals parodied by the comedians of the ’70s and ’80s, it was fascinating to see how good that style was at its best.

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