I’m a Fan Friday: Twenty-One for 2021 – #8

New Jersey – 2020

White Nights is one of my favorite movies.

I just watched it again a couple of weeks ago, and it holds up like gangbusters for me.

The story’s got the obligatory 1980’s, anti-Soviet propaganda angle from the Hollywood studios, to be sure, but even that can be exciting in its way.

What makes it one of my favorite films, though, is the way the creative team let their stars shine.

Gregory Hines is so fantastic in this early scene. It follows closely on the heels of the opening credits – where co-star Mikhail Baryshnikov flexed his performing genius – and gives him an opportunity to show what he’s made of.

It’s one of the great musical numbers ever put on film.

I can’t think of more words.

Watch and be joyful.

That’s it.

That’s all there is to it

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