The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers

2016
  |  Book Tickets: 04/11/2016
  |  90 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Synopsis

Bruce Goldstein presents this acclaimed tribute to the self-taught Nicholas Brothers, two of the twentieth century’s greatest dancers, tracing the story of their incredible 75-year career through rare film clips and photographs. The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000), rank among the greatest dancers of the 20th century. Despite racial hurdles, the self-taught African-American entertainers became one of the biggest musical acts of their time, headlining on Broadway, radio and television and in vaudeville and nightclubs. Their dazzling, show-stopping numbers in movies such as Down Argentine Way, Sun Valley Serenade and Stormy Weather made them international icons. Known for effortless balletic moves, elegant tap dancing and perfect rhythms - along with a consummate grace and sly sense of humour - the Olympian brothers are in the end impossible to categorise. The dancer’s dancers, their fans have included Gene Kelly, who teamed up with them in The Pirate; Bob Fosse and Gregory Hines, whose first acts were modelled on them; ballet legends George Balanchine and Mikhail Baryshnikov; Michael Jackson, who once had Fayard as a dance coach; and Fred Astaire, who named their Stormy Weather ‘staircase’ number the greatest of all musical sequences. Bruce Goldstein is Director of Repertory Programming at Film Forum in New York – a legendary cinema programmer, writer and co-producer of a 1991 documentary on the brothers. Look out for screenings of Stormy Weather, in UK cinemas this autumn and winter. Supported by: BFI Film Audience Network The National Lottery #BFIBLACKSTAR

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