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I Could Go On Singing

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In her final film, Judy Garland lights up the screen with a "vibrant, vital performance" (New York Herald Tribune) as a singer torn between her career and motherhood. Co-starring Dirk Bogarde,this powerful and touching film boasts "excellent direction, winning vocal numbers" (The Film Daily) and the "incandescent magic" (The Hollywood Reporter) of one of Hollywood's brightest stars at her sensational best. When celebrated singer Jenny Bowman (Garland) asks her ex-lover David (Bogarde) to let her see their son, Matt, she is unprepared for the emotional consequences. Though Matt doesn't even know Jenny is his mother, their growing bond will force Jenny to make the most difficult choice of her life: between the rewards of motherhood, and the glamorous life of the stage.

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  • Actors: Judy Garland, Dirk Bogarde, Jack Klugman, Aline MacMahon, Gregory Phillips
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Writers: Dirk Bogarde, Mayo Simon, Robert Dozier
  • Producers: Denis Holt, Lawrence Turman, Saul Chaplin, Stuart Millar
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AW106
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Could Go On Singing" on IMDb

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By L. Steidl on May 19, 2004
Format: DVD
A brilliant and still vastly underrated film is I Could Go On Singing, best remembered as the last film Judy Garland made in her extraordinary career. Some of her finest acting and singing are contained in this work, the story of which is, true as they say, pure soap opera, but riveting nonetheless, even for non-Garland fanatics. Contrary to what some have written, Garland looks beautiful in this film, quite healthy before she lost a bit too much weight for her television series a few months in the future. Yes, she is not always costumed correctly and, at times her face and figure do suggest a haggard, bloated appearance. These moments are, in my opinion, few and far between and for the majority of the film, Garland appears totally in control with radiance about her face that, unfortunately, she did not have later on. Better yes, her acting and singing are quite without equal, on the same level as some of her previous films. One number, "It Never Was You" is actually sung "live" and not prerecorded as is the usual procedure with musical numbers. In numbers such as the title song and "Hello Bluebird", Garland looks like she is having a total blast. My favorite has always been "By Myself". Her rendition and performance of this song has to be heard and seen to be believed. As Aretha said in her autobio, Garland WAS a SOUL singer. Her acting with and without the handsome Bogard is also of a high standard, especially the justly famous scene where Bogard tries to persuade Garland to perform for her audience that is waiting for her. A scene of raw emotion that is a bit difficult to watch...one feels like a voyeur witnessing what should be a totally private moment between two people.
Watching this film makes me appreciate the considerable talents of Garland all over again. She was a true "DIVA", the like of which do not exist anymore.
Luigi ~ nyc
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Yes, you read that title right. I think "I Could Go On Singing" is greatly underrated. I actually consider it better than the excellent "A Star Is Born," which frankly -- George Cukor, forgive me -- needed some of the cuts it got.

In the semi-autobiographical role of Jenny Bowman, Garland gives an amazingly vulnerable and vital performance. She's in great vocal and physical form for the musical numbers, and although she doesn't look her best (you'd swear she was 10 years older than her actual age), she's fully engaged dramatically as well. Her hospital scene with Dirk Bogarde, where she talks about the life of a performer, has so much subtle shifting between emotions that it takes one's breath away. That alone should have earned her an Academy Award for this performance.

But the film offers even more than that. It's extremely well directed by Ronald Neame. The musical numbers boast very creative camerawork that considerably heightens the excitement -- "It Never Was You" is a case in point. They are the closest we have to seeing Judy Garland "in concert" in a movie (it can be argued that her TV series did the same on the smaller screen).

And the supporting performances are very fine. Bogarde, always an excellent actor, holds his own against the force of nature that is Garland by playing yin to her yang. The other actors are equally good. The script, too, is solid, and it refuses to take the easy "happy ending" route at the end, to its credit.

Unfortunately, MGM has released this movie with minimal care. The image transfer should have been much better (the reds, in particular, are highly unstable). As another reviewer mentioned, the DVD should have been anamorphic (enhanced for widescreen television).
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By the time Judy Garland filmed her final motion picture "I Could Go On Singing", the grandest Diva of them all knew how to act and pull out all the stops better than anyone, in superb voice this legendary wonder gave one of the most powerful dramatic performances ever in a musical/drama...sadly overlooked except by hardcore fans, this highly entertaining motion picture over the years has remained an all-time favorite for many fans of legendary musicals which sadly are a thing of the past. Garland looks sophisicated, soulful and every inch the Superstar, (do a blow-up of the stunning cover and you will see) has a tremendous supporting cast who are all perfectly cast, stand-out is an engaging performance by Jack Klugman as her fiesty manager and their scenes together are intense and sparkle. Musical numbers filmed before a live audience added excitement to Garland magnificent performances and electricity for preparation moments before stage entrance before the audience are soulfully charged and incredible to experience, ultimately known for being uniquely rare & highly memorable. Garland by this time was THE most magnetic and soulful performer around, this engrossing multi-dimensional performance should have been nominated for an Academy Award just as Judy clearly should have won that infamous "Best Actress" Oscar for her well documented rangy tour-de-force classic performance in "A Star Is Born", that is a totally different story that has become THE legendary "Oscar Blew-It Story" of all time, Groucho Marx said it best exclaiming "the biggest robbery since Brinks". During High School years this magnificent musical drama came out, proudly premiered at the famous Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.Read more ›
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