De-Lovely: The Cole Porter Story (Special Edition)
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"The most unusual and enchanting musical in years" (Roger Ebert), this cinematic ode to legendary composer Cole Porter is at once buoyantly fun and "heartbreakingly beautiful" (Liz Smith). OscarÂ(r) winner* Kevin Kline (The Ice Storm) is "perfection" (Rolling Stone) as the elegant and deeply complex Porter in a film that offers "knockout performances" (Gene Shalit) from Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Alanis Morissette and Robbie Williams, and "melancholy, wit and style to burn" (The Philadelphia Inquirer)! From Paris to Venice to Broadway to Hollywood, the lives of Cole (Kline) and Linda (Ashley Judd) Porter were never less thanglamorous and wildly unconventional. Though Cole's thirst for life strained their marriage, Linda never stopped being his muse, inspiring some of the greatest songs of the twentieth century.*1988: Supporting Actor, A Fish Called Wanda
Director Irwin Winkler weighs in on two commentary tracks, one with Kevin Kline and one with writer Jay Cocks. Both tracks are thoughtful and filled with details about Cole Porter's life, how the pop singers joined the film, and how their numbers were conceived. As might be expected, a lot of stories are repeated, but they're good stories, such as how "Be a Clown" was ripped off for Singin' in the Rain's "Make 'Em Laugh." There's a very good 25-minute making-of featurette, plus a 15-minute music featurette that mixes clips and performances from the film with brief comments by the pop artists performing them (the Broadway re-creations are only mentioned in passing). Two other featurettes go behind the scenes of two numbers, and the eight deleted scenes include Kevin Kline's short performance of "You Do Something to Me." Because the musical numbers have the most replay value, it's convenient that they're listed on the scene-selection menu. --David Horiuchi
- 30-minute making-of featurette
- Behind-the-music featurette
- Anatomy-of-a-scene featurettes: Be a Clown, Love for Sale
- Eight deleted scenes
- Never-before-seen alternate ending
- Theatrical trailer, TV spot
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His lifestyle is something that is hard to understand but his sexuality was accepted (more or less) by his wife Linda although I think Linda had regrets toward the end of her life. It's not depicted as such but really, a husband that goes out at night to sleep with other men was probably torture for her.
Porter was a gifted songwriter but in my opinion, a lousy human being. His artist life and bisexuality were what defined him according to the movie. I read his autobiography and although there were similar incidents in his life depicted in the movie, (horse riding accident, bisexuality, his successful Broadway shows) he was more nuanced than what was presented in the movie.
Overall, the contemporary artists that had a part in the movie had me compelled. Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morrisette, Robbie Williams, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red and Natalie Cole were given specific characters who sing Cole Porter songs integrated in the movie. It's a good movie but I believe it did not do well in the box office because of poor reviews. Nevertheless, if you like Cole Porter's music, you are going to love this movie. In my humble opinion, I would have liked the movie more had they treated it as a regular movie and cut out the Gabriel character and the absurd Broadway treatment!
I think it is a style that will always exist.
WHEN THIS MOVIE WAS OVER I WAS SO OVERWHELMED WITH A FEELING OF ROMANTIC LOVE. I JUST TALKED WITH A WOMAN RECENTLY WHO TOLD ME ABOUT HER LOVE STORY. EVER-LASTING LOVE. Her husband was a wonderful man but he didn't want his wife to read books or have books in the house other than those the children used for school. He did not want her to go to college. He did not want her time spent on books. They divorced over her desire to read and study. But she says, "I have love ever-lasting. The love didn't die." They are old people. He died at 83. Married to another woman. She remains single. She doesn't want another man. He was a romantic man and told her he would always love her. And, he loved his new wife too because she promised and she did it: not to go back to college to finish her medical studies for the whole of the 30 year marriage. She also promised not to leave him.
SO, THIS MOVIE PROJECT LEAVES ME STARTLED BY '''LOVE'''', by ''''WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?" Cole Porter had a song with that same title. ((see wiki for a picture of Porter; it may startle you.)
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