Great Performances: Season 25, Episode 6

Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM (2 Dec. 1996)

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Documentary chronicling Arthur Freed and his unit's contribution to some of Hollywood's most memorable musicals.

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When the lion roared.
28 December 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An interesting documentary on a man of huge influence, about which little information is known. Arthur Freed's unit at MGM produced some of the greatest movie musicals of all time, a fact that is borne out by the numerous clips used in this film. Accompanying these are interviews with some of the leading figures from the studio at the time, actors, dancers, choreographers and colleagues. However, although the story of the Freed unit is entertainingly told we never really get to find Freed himself. It seems that even those who knew him found the man elusive. Still, there is plenty to enjoy here among the classic movies and the anecdotal evidence of a film studio at its peak.


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