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Ballarat Film Society presents: Les Girls
13 December, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
While the war drama Bridge Over the River Kwai took out the Best Film Award at the 1958 Oscars, the MGM musical Les Girls provided a good deal more than entertainment via singing and dancing. When dancer Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) publishes a memoir about her time in the Les Girls dance troupe, she incites the wrath of her former peers, and a lawsuit which brings all three parties to court. The film presents their points of view via a ‘Rashamon-style’ narrative technique, using flashbacks. The NY Times Movie Review highly praised its cast of ‘exquisite’ performers, sleek script and excellent Cole Porter music. Australian born Orry-Kelly won the Oscar for best costume design that year. It is a thought provoking film, raising issues around sexploitation in the theatre world which are startlingly pertinent fifty years on. NFSA