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Meet Me In St Louis

Mon 19 December 2011 // 20:00
Tue 20 December 2011 // 20:00 *

(Mon 19th - Tues 20th Dec / 8pm / £5/4/3 TTT)
(Vincente Minelli / 1944 / USA / 113 minutes)

Have yourselves a merry little Christmas with Vincente Minnelli’s classic 1944 musical starring Judy Garland in her finest hootchie cootchie-dancing, petticoat and frills-clad role. The plush technicolor extravaganza follows a year of domestic dramas in the Smith family home involving a marriage proposal, a crush on the boy next door and prospective relocation, while waiting for the 1903 World’s Fair.

The seemingly unapologetic middle-class values however could have darker overtones. Minnelli, who married the troubled star Judy Garland after the shooting of this film, was secretly gay, and could be working his own anxieties into the film: the chandelier-lit domestic bliss could be hiding darker recesses. Who said ginger peachy?