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Meet Me in St. Louis

Directed by Vincente Minnelli

USA, 1944

Cornerhouse, 17 December 2011

Meet Me in St. Louis

Set in old St. Louis, which is to say in the 1900s, this is a charming musical.

Judy Garland singing, ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas…’  is rather fine, so too the entertaining shenanigans of her little sister.  This is a girl who, as a for instance, buries her dead (sic) dolls in the local cemetery.

Although nothing really spectacular or dramatic happens (and there are none of the elaborate set pieces that are to be found in Vincente Minnelli’s later An American in Paris), it is somehow very moving and sweet.

When a girl asks you to help her turn the lights out in her house that means she likes you.  That’s one thing I learnt and took away from the film, anyway.

 Meet Me in St. Louis is a fine musical and is playing as part of Cornerhouse’s Festive Favourites season all this week, details here.

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