My whole family loves this film as we do Gene Kelly and Judy Garland of course. I don’t think it’s very well known but it should be right up there with all their other great films. There’s everything in it, (pretend) exotic location, humour, colour, gorgeous costumes, singing, true love, dancing, (pretend) self sacrifice, fighting, more singing and dancing and a happy ending!I adore all the costumes in this film. Judy as Manuela about to be married to the much older town Mayor. But on a sea front stroll she meets Serafin (Gene Kelly) who is part of a travelling circus. He hypnotises her during his show and makes her sing and dance in a way she’d normally never admit to.See? Serafin is mistaken for a bloodthirsty pirate, Macoco who terrorises the islands. I think this silhouette scene is so beautiful.On her wedding day. The cartwheel straw hat is so glamorous.Manuela’s Aunt tries her best to assure her all will be well. Serafin sneaks in her room to see her after which is promptly arrested to be tried for being a pirate. His last wish is to put on one last show. The moment Manuela realises something isn’t as it appears to be.She looks amazing. I think it’s meant to be set in the early 1800 but the costumes have a curious ‘New Look’ flavour with the fitted bodices and full skirts.
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