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After her acclaimed film debut in Lady Sings The Blues, Diana Ross created another powerful characterization as Mahogany, and ambitious young secretary who becomes a high fashion model and world famous designer. This dramatic love story filmed in Chicago and Rome also stars Billy Dee Williams, her electric co-star in Lady Sings The Blues, as the Chicago politician who falls in love with her. Anthony Perkins is at his best portraying a malevolent fashion photographer who masterminds, then tries to sabotage, Mahogany's career.
One simple question, people: Do you know where you're goin' to? And furthermore, Do you like the things that life is showin' you? These questions are posed in the unavoidable theme song (a huge Seventies hit) from Mahogany, a splashy, diva-sized vehicle for Diana Ross. Miss Ross was hot off her unexpected and critically approved starring role in Lady Sings the Blues when she embarked on this musical, a rags-to-riches saga of a Chicago girl who dreams of being a fashion designer but becomes a supermodel instead. Original director Tony Richardson was replaced behind the camera by Motown founder and puppetmaster supreme Berry Gordy, who knew something about turning Ross into an idealized vision of femininity (for more on their relationship, check out the fictionalized version in Dreamgirls).
Ross looks a little overwhelmed by the plot machinations, which take her from the orbit of a regular-guy activist (Billy Dee Williams) into the glam world of European fashion--the latter courtesy of a cranky, unstable photographer played by Anthony Perkins. Perkins is sky-high fun in this thing, as though he suspected the movie was in trouble and decided to let the tics and nerviness fly. These days Mahogany is treasured either as a fond childhood memory or as a ripe camp-fest, and that's probably about where it belongs. Still, it looks positively restrained next to the other big diva musical of the same historical moment, Barbra Streisand's 1976 A Star is Born. --Robert Horton
How can you not love a classic. Great movie and will treasure it for life.Published 1 month ago by Shawnitte Annette Somers
This will never grow old for me, I loved this era and Diana's style.Published 1 month ago by V. Wilcox
at first movie kept freezing, I ran it through two times and its smoothed out nowPublished 2 months ago by Darlene Harris
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I would love to watch it, but as I live in Germany I think the DVD woul´nt work here. Does anyone know if there is a DVD from "out of the darkness" with Diana??? I´hv senn a few parts on you tube and I was very impressed. But I cant find it....
Jul 22, 2012 by shortandirie | See all 5 posts
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