The Band Wagon is a 1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank, along with Singin’ in the Rain, as the finest of the MGM musicals, although it was only a modest box-office success. It tells the story of an aging musical star who hopes a Broadway play will restart his career. However, the play’s director wants to make it a pretentious retelling of Faust, and brings in a prima ballerina who clashes with the star.

Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse stopped by Central Park
and while the melody of “Dancing in the Dark” unfolds
gradually ,improvise unrehearsed one of the
most AMAZING CHOREOGRAPHY, to be enjoyed and
appreciated for the rest of our times.

The song was written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard
Dietz. Considered part of the Great American Songbook.

The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best
Costume Design,Color,Best Music,Scoring of a Musical  Picture and Best  Writing,Story and Screenplay.

“The Band Wagon” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of
Congress as being ” culturally,historically, or aesthetically
significant “.

Every time you watch this wonderful performance you can appreciate the equality of movements, leg work, stepping
and specially arms and hands synchronization of both.

In the same time it’s romantic, conforming to standards of propriety, good taste,elegant and with a gracious ending,specially to the masculine approach of Fred Astaire to the horse-vehicle.

Frederic Austerlitz Jr. ( Fred Astaire )
May 10,1899-June22-1987

Tula Ellice Finklea ( Cyd Charisse )
March 8, 1921- June 17-2008