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The Gang's All Here

Busby Berkeley's most audacious film (1943)—an exploration of the possibilities of movement and color that moves into the realm of pure abstraction. The sexual symbolism is at its most blatant (what can you say about a film that features 60 girls waving gigantic bananas?), and Berkeley's tendency to disembody reaches its apotheosis when the heads of all the principals float about on a field of amber and gold. With Alice Faye, Benny Goodman and his band, Carmen Miranda, Eugene Pallette, Edward Everett Horton, Sheila Ryan, and Charlotte Greenwood.

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