Cover Girl. 1944. USA. Directed by Charles Vidor. 107 min.
Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp. With Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers, Otto Kruger, Eve Arden. Thrifty Columbia Pictures popped for Technicolor to highlight the charms of the studio’s new star, Rita Hayworth, in this bright, swinging musical with songs by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin. Borrowed from MGM, Gene Kelly was given his first chance to choreograph his own material (working with his longtime partner Stanley Donen); highlights include the famous “alter ego” sequence, in which Kelly dances with his conscience. This restoration, from Sony Pictures Entertainment, shows what fine results can be obtained with a tasteful, educated use of 4K digital technology.