Invitation to the Dance | Chicago Reader

Invitation to the Dance

Gene Kelly's 1957 film, shot in 1952 and belatedly released, was a financially disastrous experiment with a no-talking, no-singing dance musical, consisting of three separate, extended numbers: “The Circus,” scored by Jacques Ibert; “Ring Around the Rosy,” by Andre Previn, and a “Sinbad the Sailor” derived from Rimsky-Korsakov and utilizing Hanna-Barbera animation. It's pretty bad, but the problem isn't pretentiousness as much as willing self-compromise—it's cute, sticky, blatantly condescending. Freddie Young photographed, in metallic Technicolor; the sets are by Michael Powell's man, Alfred Junge.

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