08 19 Oct '24
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Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley

Cabin in the Sky

98' - 1943 - Fantasy, Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: English
Director: Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley With: Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne
One can easily criticize this all-black musical (Minnelli's first feature) for falling prey to the same 'Uncle Tom' stereotyping that characterized Green Pastures, but there's no denying both the compassion with which Minnelli treats his characters and the immense cinematic talent on view. The gorgeous dreamlike sets and consummate control of the fantastic atmosphere that imbues the story ( an idle poverty-stricken farmer dreams of being sent to Heli upon dying) are already well developed. And the cast are magnificent, delivering the lovely Harold Arlen score with style and power. (Time Out, 1990)

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Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley


Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne


Joseph Schrank

Director of Photography

Sidney Wagner


Harold F. Kress


Arthur Freed

Non-original music

Vernon Duke

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Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

Lynn Root



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