Vivid color, audacious dance moves and spirited show tunes define a genre making a modern comeback

Hot on the heels of La La Land’s box office and critical success, the Gartenbaukino is hosting a retrospective of golden age musicals showcasing the significant influences on Damien Chazelle’s latest film.

Predecessors of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling transport their audiences twirling and soft-shoeing their way down memory lane, from Gene Kelly’s rainy day escapades with Debbie Reynolds in Singin’ in the Rain to Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn’s adventures in a French beatnik bar in Funny Face. Irving Berlin’s Top Hat shows off Astaire again, this time alongside his best-known partner Ginger Rogers, dancing out classics like Cheek to Cheek and Top Hat, White Tie and Tails. Gene Kelly returns to center stage as well in George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, to many the quintessential musical, with standards like I got Rhythm and Love is here to stay.

Gracing the screen alongside old favorites are musical gems from French cinema like Les Parapluies de Cherbourg and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, creating an engaging and lively program.

Through March 26, Gartenbau

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Jennifer Cornick is a contributor to METROPOLE and avid reader. When she isn't writing, she can be found in Vienna's English bookstores.