“Easter Parade” (1948)
Just watched it for the first time about two weeks ago. What a delight - loved the songs and the dancing but especially loved the colors, the fashions and just how generally bright everything was. You watch it and you think anything is possible in that sunlit world.
I never go as deep as you do on any of these movies, which is one reason I like your reviews so much. I always learn something new. I have been accumulating lots of old movies on my DVR through TCM, and just watch one or another a couple times a week depending on my mood. Most of them I have seen before though often not for many years. For some reason 'Easter Parade' never appealed to me, probably because I figured it would be religious, and would just be another bland musical. I have never liked musicals much, but have gained a greater appreciation for really good ones as I have gotten older. And our discussions of Astaire and Garland lately made me want to give it a try. I watched it on our TV while sitting in my La-z-Boy one afternoon about three weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I think your review is spot on. I just wanted to put in my two cents worth about how it struck my sense of life emotionally more than anything it did for me intellectually or artistically. In particular, the first thing that struck my mind when I read the title of your review was just how colorful, fabulous and bright all the women and dresses were in the scenes where they were walking down the street in their finery.
I am nothing if not about my own comfort, at all times :-)