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The Belle of New York U rating

Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen dance above the rooftops of New York.

Musical 1951 81 mins

Director: Charles Walters



Starring two of Hollywood’s greatest dancers, Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen, The Belle of New York proved too whimsical for post-war America. Decades later, this 1900-set tale (think Guys and Dolls without the gamblers) feels charged with both charm and magic. Here, lovers float free of gravity, a moment that feels like a dry-run for the planetarium sequence in La La Land.