LES GIRLS REVIEWED
“Les Girls” never made libel so girl-friendly. Following the story of three dancing girls and the man they all loved, Les Girls plays like an estrogen powered Rashomon. The film plays as a drama with the occasional musical number. In nearly two hours, MGM must’ve loved wasting Gene Kelly on only six songs. But, it was playing into the slightly dark tinge running through the 1950s celeb drama films. Show business was just as nasty as any other field. So, why not examine everyone’s POV?
While many highlight the tales of ruined friendships in the film, there’s a bite that many don’t examine. Arriving in theaters in 1957, this was MGM’s big stand against the rise of realism and modern drama in American film. Gene Kelly takes shots at Brando and the New School of Acting with his various send-ups. Plus, Gaynor and Elg try to show a glamor that was missing from heavily scripted affairs like All About Eve.
This was a movie for the pretty people that wanted to keep their Technicolor worlds of song and dance. Plus, it was also the start of Cukor’s last victory lap in film. If that sounds interesting, then check out Les Girls. Side note: there are no Avengers in this movie.
- Vintage Cartoon
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track