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A moving documentary on a great songwriter,
By A Customer
This review is from: Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Harold Arlen (DVD)
Like a lot of people, I had heard the name of Harold Arlen, but didn't fully realize how many great songs he had written. There must be maybe 30 songs we all know and love, with some of the most famous being STORMY WEATHER, OVER THE RAINBOW, COME RAIN OR COME SHINE and BLUES IN THE NIGHT.
And, of course, it was very interesting and fun to learn more about THE WIZARD OF OZ. Arlen composed the great songs with Yip Harburg, and they almost threw out OVER THE RAINBOW before they released the film.
It was real treat to see a lot of different song writers in the program speaking about Arlen's work, and the roster of great singers like Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and Mel Tormé doing mostly defintive versions of his songs, was a real plus.
But probably the most memorable aspect of the documentary is the very moving story about his life, which was both charmed and cursed at the same time.
That's what makes this stand out from the usual biographies you see. There is a real feeling for his music, and a dramatic impact to his life story.