Essential Classics: Musicals (My Fair Lady / Singin' in the Rain / Gigi)
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Gene Kelly. Forgot how truly wonderful "Gigi" was too! And of course
"My Fair Lady" is awesome! Without a doubt we were shocked to find three
separate discs and beautiful packaging....too! Great bargain....too!
MY FAIR LADY:
Rex Harrison "grows accustomed to the face" of Audrey Hepburn in the magical film version of the smash hit Broadway musical. Despite an ill-fitting singing voice provided by ghost dubber Marni Nixon, Hepburn glows as the Cockney guttersnipe who blooms under the guidance of a stuffy professor (Rex Harrison reprising his stage role).
Special features: audio commentary with film restoration experts James Katz and Robert Harris, art director Gene Allen and singer Marni Nixon; theatrical trailer.
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN:
The beloved musical classic built around the Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown songbook, detailing the various trials and trevails that ensued when the "Talkies" took over silent Hollywood. Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds romance, whilst Donald O'Connor performs his tour-de-force "Make 'Em Laugh".
Special features: audio commentary hosted by Debbie Reynolds, and theatrical trailer.
The last big hurrah of the MGM musical stars Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan in a lush adaptation of Colette's famed novella. Filmed on location in Paris by director Vincente Minnelli and featuring some of the most lavish costumes ever created by legendary Cecil Beaton, GIGI deservedly walked away with the 'Best Picture' Academy Award in 1959.
Special features: theatrical trailer.
The discs are well done, and the music brings back a lot of yesterdays. Would that they (Hollywood) could return to making a few good musicals again.
I discovered that musicals can be different. "Singin'" was singing and dancing all the way to the end. It is as dynamic as "An American in Paris." The lyrics to the songs were uplifting and added to the cheerful atmosphere of show business presented here, or reflected the mood of the characters (like the songs "Good Morning! Good Morning!" and "Singin' in the Rain." Dancing, however, was an essential part of the movie. By the way, this movie is about the problems a studio and its two major star undergo during the transition from the silent movie to the talkie (after the Jazz Singer becomes a success). When Don Lockwood and Lina make their first talkie, the premiere turns into a disaster and Don suffers an existential crisis. This can only be solved by turning the failed movie into a musical. Only one problem is left: Lina ( "she can't sing, she can't dance...). Comedy and romance mix together with the music to create a great picture story. This film deserves 5 stars.
"My Fair Lady", has a lot of singing, but very little choreography is required in this type of film; although the actors moved while they were singing. Each song was fun to listen to: it added humor to the story. I just read a book about languages and dialects, so I found funny that Rex Harrison could determine where each person came from just by listening to his or her speech (a predecessor to his Dr. Dolittle, I guess).Read more ›
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I LOVE CLASSIC MOVIES AND THIS DVD BROUGHT BACK GREAT MEMORIESPublished 9 months ago by Joan E. Mamo
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