Gene Kelly tries art cinema and fails. Too bad, given that this was a very personal film and it took him four years and a lot of persuading of the MGM front office to get it made.
This ambitious work consists of three playlets, all done in dance and mime. No singing or dialogue here, though one doubts that would have helped anyway. Kelly has clearly taken French Film 101 for this endeavor, and his tragic clown in the first segment, the cleverly-named "Circus", is an obvious
rip-off of Jean-Louis Barrault's mime in CHILDREN OF PARADISE. Set to music by Jacques Ibert, the sequence features Kelly with a big case of unrequited love for the circus' star (Sombert). Th...