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The Great Ziegfeld

4.6 out of 5 stars 266 ratings

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February 3, 2004
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The life and times of Broadway showman Florenz Ziegfeld and his two wives. Oscars for best picture, actress Rainer.


Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture, The Great Ziegfeld stars William Powell in a biopic "suggested by romances and incidents in the life of America's greatest showman, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr." With admirable accuracy, the film follows Ziegfeld's career from small-time sideshow barker to creator of the famous Ziegfeld Follies, the collection of singing, dancing, and comedy vaudeville acts that launched the careers of such luminaries as Fanny Brice, Ray Bolger, and Harriet Hoctor, all of whom play themselves in the film. In the title role, Powell offers a believable combination of ambition and hucksterism, and his Thin Man costar Myrna Loy makes a late appearance as his second wife, but it's large-eyed Luise Rainer who has the showier role (and won an Oscar) as Ziegfeld's first big star and first wife. The musical numbers, however, don't hold up quite as well as the plot, and the film is overlong at 185 minutes. It's fascinating, though, to see the vintage stars performing, and the eight-minute spectacle "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" is an eye-popper, with an elaborate revolving set supporting a large cast singing and dancing to the Irving Berlin tune while throwing in some Puccini, Strauss, Leoncavallo, and Gershwin for good measure. --David Horiuchi

Product details

  • Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
  • Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Director : Robert Z. Leonard
  • Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Black & White, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Run time : 2 hours and 56 minutes
  • Release date : February 3, 2004
  • Actors : William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan, Fanny Brice
  • Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
  • Producers : Hunt Stromberg, Sidney Algier
  • Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Studio : Warner Home Video
  • ASIN : B00012FXJ0
  • Writers : William Anthony McGuire
  • Number of discs : 1
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 266 ratings