The Band Wagon
DIRECTOR: VINCENTE MINNELLI
CAST: FRED ASTAIRE, FRED ASTAIRE, CYD CHARISSE, CYD CHARISSE, NANETTE FABRAY, NANETTE FABRAY, OSCAR LEVANT, OSCAR LEVANT
Minnelli’s miraculous self-reflexive backstage musical masterwork stars Fred Astaire as Tony Hunter, an aging, out-of-fashion song-and-dance star with a marked biographical resemblance to Fred Astaire, struggling to salvage his stardom by starring in a Broadway re-staging of Faust. Packed with show-biz inside jokes and show-stopping numbers courtesy Astaire and Cyd Charisse, crowned by the sprawling, film noir-inflected “Girl Hunt,” a Gesamtkunstwerk undertaking unparalleled in Minnelli’s career.