D. Vincente Minnelli |USA | G
For lovers of musicals, Christmas and old Hollywood!
Meet Me in St. Louis is one the most beloved holiday films and musical masterpieces from MGM maestro, Vincent Minnelli. First released in 1944, this beloved classic provided Judy Garland with one of the best roles of her career, as well as several of her signature songs including “Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. The film, set in St. Louis, Mo., follows the Smith family in the days leading up to the 1904 World’s Fair. The two eldest daughters grapple with life, love, and their dread of the family’s impending move to New York City.
Garland, under contract at MGM, was initially opposed to starring in this sentimental family tale. The part required her to portray a teenager, and, at age 21, she longed to be rid of the juvenile roles in which she had traditionally been cast. She finally relented when director Vincente Minnelli convinced her the film would be a highlight in her career. Not only was Garland pleased with the finished production, but she also fell in love with and married Minnelli. Largely for her impressive performance as the youngest Smith child, Margaret O’Brien received a special Academy Award for outstanding child actress of 1944.
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Thursday 20 December
$10 Groups 10+