1hr 53mins

Blushing in the pastel glow of Technicolour, Judy Garland is directed by Vincente Minnelli (who soon became her husband, and directed the further classic musicals, An American in Paris and Gigi) in this festive ‘year in the life’ portrait of the Smith family, leading up to the Louisiana World’s Fair in 1904.

Vincente Minnelli

The dreamy colour palette of these gentle vignettes of affluent upper-middle class life provides the film with lavish interiors, elegant balls, a string of romances and (naturally) accompanying singing and dancing that moves from the energetic (‘Clang, Clang, Clang, goes the trolley…) to the poignant (Have yourself a Merry little Christmas).

This is an infectiously charming Christmas joy, subtly imbued with notes of reflection and melancholy arriving, as it did, towards the end of World War II (1944). For fans of Judy Garland and devotees of the musical… and, for anyone craving a cosy time capsule of swooning song and dance.

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Wed 8 Dec

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