|Gene Kelly in the pirate ballet sequence of "The Pirate".|
Well, pirates of sorts. This edition of The Devoted Classicist has two parts, with the first about the 1948 film "The Pirate", an extravaganza fashioned to showcase its two stars Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. Producer Arthur Freed and director Vincente Minelli strenghtened the 1942 stage version, starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, with Technicolor spectacle and gymnastics by Gene Kelly. The film is often noted as the first signs of problems with Judy Garland, and the production had to shoot around her absences and was edited together later. Although the Pirate Ballet sequence is memorable, the film is best remembered for the Cole Porter "Be A Clown" finale with Gene and Judy. Research reveals that another presentation of the song earlier in the film where Kelly dances with the famous Nicholas Brothers, Fayard and Harold, was omitted in the original theatrical release for southern cities such as Memphis because of the men of two races dancing together. Readers of The Devoted Classicist will enjoy the set design, an interpretation of the Empire era in the Carribean colonies. This and other films starring interesting design can be purchased here.
|A magazine ad for "The Pirate".|
Update August 24, 2011: I am not totally satisfied with the FeedBurner service, but will continue to offer that option until a better alternative can be found. I still recommend viewing from the original source for the maximum enjoyment. __ John J. Tackett