Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Cast: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre
Genre: musical, romance, comedy
Runtime: 117 min.
Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse say au revoir to cinema song and dance in this eye-poppingly delightful musical film adaptation of the stage musical version of Ninotchka from director Rouben Mamoulian and producer Arthur Freed. You'd think chilled borscht pulses in her veins. She's Ninotchka Yoshenka, a lovely yet severe Soviet envoy sent to Paris to rescue wayward comrades from the perils of champagne and capitalism. But there may be a thaw in Ninotchka's Cold War. She meets Steve Canfield, a smoothly brash American who won't take "nyet" for an answer. Astaire and Charisse recapture the magic of their The Band Wagon pairing in this musical based on the same-titled 1955 Broadway hit and on the famed 1939 Greta Garbo comedy Ninotchka. Set to witty Cole Porter tunes, spiked with laughs and featuring the two leads dancing the Eugene Loring-Hermes Pan choreography into timeless emotion, Silk Stockings shows why elegance and fun never go out of style.
Awards & Festivals:
Golden Globe Award nomination – Best Film (Comedy or Musical), Best Actress (Comedy or Musical)
Laurel Award Nomination (USA) – Top Musical (5th place), Top Female Musical Performance, Top Music Director