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Meet Me in St Louis

  • Film
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars
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.
Written by David Jenkins

Release Details

  • Rated:U
  • Release date:Friday 16 December 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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