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Cabin in the Sky

Vincente Minnelli

With its all-black cast, MGM’s 1943 musical Cabin in the Sky provided a rare and invaluable showcase for some of the era’s most legendary African American performers.

"A parable of salvation and an elaborate fantasy..."

Director Vincente Minnelli’s first feature, this Faustian fantasy stars Ethel Waters, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson and Lena Horne in her first and only leading role in an MGM musical; with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and his orchestra performing alongside. With its dreamlike sets and then cutting edge production design, knockout dance numbers and lively songs (including the Academy Award nominated Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe, beautifully performed by Ethel Waters), it is a parable of salvation and an elaborate fantasy of African American life, showcasing a debut director exploring his craft and a truly fantastic cast of underseen performers.


 Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO.