Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.
Gene Kelly ... Tommy Albright
Van Johnson ... Jeff Douglas
Cyd Charisse ... Fiona Campbell
Elaine Stewart ... Jane Ashton
Barry Jones ... Mr. Lundie
Hugh Laing ... Harry Beaton
Albert Sharpe ... Andrew Campbell
Virginia Bosler ... Jean Campbell
Jimmy Thompson ... Charlie Chisholm Dalrymple
Tudor Owen ... Archie Beaton
Directed: Vincente Minnelli
Music: Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner
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This Vincent Minelli musical is usually considered a flop, which is unfair. Gene Kelly wanted to shoot it on site in Scotland (where Brigadoon is set), but it was vetoed as too expensive. So Minelli had to create a magical, 18th Century Scottish village on a studio set. He also was using cinema scope for the first time, and felt it lacked the compositional unity and beauty of the regular film he had been using. It is apparent it's a set, but the story and music is so superior (despite the lack of two songs, including my favorite - "My Mother's Wedding Day") that one can actually forget the artificiality of the set. Moreover, the actual issue of artificial sets seems ridiculous when considering the story. If the set was actually realistic, the film would have had to be shot in one day, because the set would have vanished for a century at the end of the day (as the village does in the story)!!
Except for one five minute sequence at the end of the film, set in a noisy New York City nightspot, most of the film is set in the Scottish highlands. Tommy (Gene Kelly) and Jeff (Van Johnson) are vacationing in Scotland, when they stumble into a village that is not on their maps. The village is Brigadoon. It is later explained by the village elder, Mr Lundie (Barry Johns) that the village was granted a special wish of it's very religious minister to preserve it forever by having it only reappear once a century, so the people in it would never be hurt. There is, however, another side to the deal: the citizens have to remain (as well as their livestock) within the boundaries of the town by sundown, because they go to bed early, and awake one hundred years later the next day. If any decides to leave the town's boundaries, that person will cause the wish and blessing to dissipate, and the town will be destroyed and it's citizens destroyed.
Tommy meets Fiona (Cyd Charisse) and falls in love with her. He also likes the village. But Jeff is a heavy drinker, whose sole interest in the trip is hunting. He's bored by the village, it's simple (if happy) inhabitants, and feels the legend is just that...a screwy legend. When Tommy talks of staying Jeff starts trying to talk him out of it. In the meantime there is another problem. Jane Ashton, Fiona's friend (Elaine Stewart) is engaged to Charlie Dalrymple (Jimmie Thompson). But his friend Archie Beaton (Tudor Owen) is terribly hurt and jealous that Elaine does not notice his interest in her. And he starts thinking of the unthinkable - if he can't enjoy her, why should the village go on?
BRIGADOON is a very colorful and tuneful show, and a nice blend of humor and tragedy. It also asks what people require for happiness: simplicity or sophisticated modern life. Jeff would opt for the latter (and he does quite strenuously up to the conclusion of the movie), but he is a confirmed alcoholic - some advertisement for modern civilization and it's benefits! Tommy is more inquisitive and easier - and he finds he is not so happy with modern life. But the search for happiness is not an easy one, and it takes a tragedy and much soul searching for Tommy to reach his conclusion.
And there is the music, especially Learner and Lowe's "The Heather On the Hill" (attractively sung and danced by Kelly and Charisse), and "It's Almost Like Being In Love." A failure by Minelli? Well it's not MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, or GIGI, or THE PIRATE but it is far better than many other musicals.
* Four of the show's musical numbers - "Come to Me, Bend to Me", "There But For You Go I", "From This Day On", and "The Sword Dance"
o were filmed and/or recorded, but eliminated before the film's release. The sound and picture for three of them are included as extras on the Warner DVD release, but only the audio for "There But For You Go I" has been included.
* The Breen office wouldn't allow the use of the two songs the Meg Brockie character sang in the stage version, "The Love of My Life" and "My Mother's Wedding Day" as the lyrics were too risqué.
* Average Shot Length (ASL) = 32 seconds - about three times as long as most films made during the Classical Hollywood era.
* Michael Maule, a featured dancer with the New York City Ballet, was originally cast as Charlie Dalrymple, with his songs to be dubbed by John Gustafson. Before filming began he was replaced by Jimmy Thompson but the pre-recordings by Gustafson were kept for the film.
* James Mitchell, who originated the role of Harry Beaton on Broadway, was initially scheduled to repeat the part on film; he ultimately chose instead to tour with the Agnes de Mille Dance Theatre.
* Cyd Charisse said that, of the several films she made with Gene Kelly, this was her favorite.
* Howard Keel and Jane Powell were originally slated to play the leads. When commitments on other films left them unavailable, Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse were cast instead, and dancing subsequently emphasized over singing.
Brigadoon es una pequeña aldea escocesa, sometida a un encantamiento. Durante un siglo, la ciudad permanece dormida y, una vez cada cien años, tan sólo por un día, recobra la vida. De esta forma, se preserva de la corrupción y maldad exterior, manteniedo su encanto y armonía original.
Dos americanos, Tommy Albright (Gene Kelly) y Jeff Douglas (Van Johnson), llegan a Brigadoon justo en el día en que la ciudad despierta, quedando maravillados con la magia y el misterio que la envuelve. Allí conocen a Fiona Campbell (Cyd Charisse), una dulce muchacha de la que Tommy se enamora.
El gran Minnelli adapta un musical de éxito de Broadway con parte de lo mejor de la Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer de la época. Un clásico del género.