A Night at the Opera
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The legendary Marx Brothers take a hilarious, musical swipe atself-importance, pomposity and insensitivity, that crescendos with amanic on-stage performance, A Night at the Opera.Milan. Seedy promoterOtis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) guarantees patroness (Margaret Dumont)a position in high society if she bankrolls an opera. The plan hinges onsigning egotistical tenor Rodolfo Lassparri (Walter Woolf King), butDriftwood meets his match in talent manager Fiorello (Chico Marx), whorepresents "the world's greatest tenor" -- actually the more-deserving,but unknown Ricardo Baroni (Allan Jones), who's also in love with theopera's soprano, Rosa (Kitty Carlisle). When Driftwood's deal fallsthrough, the promoter, his patroness, tenors, soprano and many more mustmake a madcap Atlantic steamship crossing.]]>
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The new Warner DVD of A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is encoded for Region 1 and 4, and has a cleaner video transfer than I expected considering the age of the film. Obviously, a video restoration has been done, as were the cases for many of recent Warner DVDs of old movies. The original mono audio is fine, save for some age-related hisses in the background.Read more ›
The biggest thing this film has going for it (outside of the wonderful Marx Brothers themselves, of course) is the big production values that MGM splashed out on. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it's nice to have some great big sets for the Brothers to clown around in (Harpo's stunt double swinging through the rafters is great), but all things considered, I think I prefer the tongue-in-cheek send-up of the big dance numbers (as done in DUCK SOUP) to the production dances which are played straight here.
Margaret Dumont is underused, which is a shame since her dignified outrage usually accounted for big laughs. She gets a good scene at the beginning, and a handful of opportunities to look indignant later in the film, but she isn't the constant presence that she had been in other films.
Still, while I can pick out a few flaws here and there, this is overall a hilarious and fun movie.Read more ›
Kitty Carlisle (Hart), however is another story. She seems even in her youth to exude an unapproachable upper class snobbery that really chills a viewer. It's no surprise to me that Miss C.'s miniscule screen career went cold after this movie, and she only made one more appearance almost a decade later, again with Jones, in a now-forgotten UNIVERSAL programmer called LARCENY WITH MUSIC (1943). It would be nearly a half-century before Kitty acted again in film, this time for Woody Allen's private nostalgia trip, RADIO DAYS (1987), and finally in SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (1993), a biopic starring Will Smith in which she's seen as a party hostess.
Director Sam Wood, who was no stranger to comedy, beginning in 1939 worked on a number of great dramas, among them GOODBYE MR. CHIPS (1939), GONE WITH THE WIND (uncredited) (1939), ...Read more ›
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Absolute magic. There was no other act that have come close to these guys.Published 1 month ago by Professor Longhair
Thoroughly enjoyed this classic! Hilarious clean comedy at its finest.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer L. Davis
A classic. Enjoyed an evening w/ guy friends. My wife complained that we were laughing too loudly and disturbed her while reading at the other end of the house. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heyjack
One of the Marx brothers' best movies in my opinion! The state room scene is hilarious, Chico and Grocho exchange about the sanity clause makes me laugh every time, and of course... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jamie Goodwin
Everyone should see this movie. Even if you don't like old movies, you should try this one because it is a classic for many reasons. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nancy H. Rathke
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