Meet Me in St Louis

  • Film
  • Drama
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In 1939, rosy-cheeked chanteuse Judy Garland trumpeted the cosy, all-American proverb that ‘there’s no place like home’ in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. She returned five years later to reaffirm those beliefs in Vincente Minnelli’s musical masterpiece, ‘Meet Me in St Louis’, a Technicolor ode to the joys and tensions of living side-by-side with your fellow man.

In a snow globe rendering of St Louis, Missouri circa 1903, the affluent Smith clan must face the prospect of ripping up their ancestral roots to chase future fortunes. The film has only a whisper of a plot, preferring to amass the simple pleasures of life (flirting with neighbours, riding the trolley, Christmas with the folks) into a single romantic vision of a perfect society.

Framed as a sepia-tinted postcard come to life, Minnelli’s panoramic city symphony examines the meanings of nostalgia and memory while offering a sweetly ironic depiction of Middle American conservatism where sex is taboo, dinner is at six, money is evil and father knows best. A heavenly slice of brassy Hollywood romanticism that’ll still have you swooning all the way to the trolley stop.

Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Friday December 16 2011
Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Screenwriter: Fred F Finklehoffe, Irving Brecher
Cast: Lucille Bremer
Tom Drake
Harry Davenport
Leon Ames
Margaret O'Brien
Mary Astor
Judy Garland
Marjorie Main
June Lockhart
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