At the Movies

In thinking about what to choose for today, I thought a comedy would be in order, especially considering the very uncomical impending weather. And since today is April Fool’s Day, this movie, with its fun twists of gender bender mistaken identities and roleplaying is perfect.

Victor Victoria is the classic 1982 gem by the brilliant, late Blake Edwards, who both wrote and directed the film. A musical comedy of the sort that just isn’t made any more, it is a winner in every category. Julie Andrews, totally shedding her Mary Poppins/Sound of Music personae, plays Victoria, a penniless singer desperately looking for work in 1934 Paris.

She soon meets Toddy, Robert Preston’s marvelous characterization of a flamboyant gay emcee. Together they dream up a fabulous unique nightclub act that becomes the toast of all Paris.

With wonderful music by Henry Mancini, for which he won an Oscar, and elegant production design by Rodger Maus, the nightclub acts are show stopping spectacles. Blake made full use of his wife’s amazing range and Andrews’ singing performances are duly impressive. Add to that the charming chemistry between her and Preston, the witty and sophisticated repartee and you have some magical moments that are triumvirates of production, writing, and composition.

And if that weren’t enough, add to the mix memorable performances by James Garner, Lesley Ann Warren (in a hysterical Judy Holiday type role) and Alex Karras and you have a pretty unbeatable combination. This is a totally fun romp that I guarantee will deliver two hours of delightful laugh out loud entertainment. I wish there were more musical films being made of this caliber these days.

Here’s a little peek. Have fun!!

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18 Responses to At the Movies

  1. Felicity says:

    How is it that I’ve never seen this film?
    Thank you for the recommendation, it’s now on my ‘must see’ list.

    x Felicity

  2. I had forgotten all about this movie. It would be a great movie to watch again.
    Once again… great choice!
    Have a great Friday, q!

  3. Greet says:

    I only have seen a piece of this movie! Now you made me curious to watch the entire movie!!
    Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my blog my friend!
    I wish you a wonderful weekend!

  4. Ahh a classic! I wonder if it’s in iTunes – it would be a great movie night pick for us!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  5. I haven’t seen this in ages!! An oldie but goodie..have been into watching and rewatching tons of old flicks lately…will add this one to my list. Thanks!

  6. Loved this movie but haven’t seen it in eons and will have to revisit it. Happy Friday !

  7. elle says:

    some of the stills look vaguely familiar and and prompt an overall good memory. You always make the perfect selection. This is a weekend for staying in – is more snow even possible??

  8. Oh heavens, I haven’t seen it in forever and makes me want to add this to the Netflix queue! I had forgotten how completely fabulous Robert Preston was, not to mention everyone else.

    Thank you for the reminder, and Happy Weekend to you!

  9. This is the first time I hear about this movie and it sounds like something I would love to watch! Enjoy your Friday, my dear. Happy 1st day of April:) Muah

  10. love this movie -and such a small world. A friend had never seen it so we had a screening just last week (or was it 2 weeks ago?). Anyway -he LOVED it – hilarious movie!

  11. maureen says:

    another great selection of fabulous films…thanks for the reminder…

  12. How amazing is Julie Andrews!? Not many woman have had that kind of career in entertainment. Love this movie!!!

    Happy Weekend! xoxo

  13. David Toms says:

    As you say this is a classic, and perfect for an April Fool’s viewing! Have a great weekend!

  14. Mark D. Ruffner says:

    I remember enjoying this movie when it came out – especially a very funny restaurant scene — a great pick!

  15. mary jo says:

    This is such a good one for all the reasons you highlight Stacey! I will have to re-watch very soon! Hoping you are having a fabulous Friday!

    xo Mary Jo

  16. Now that’s a a blast from the past! Haven’t thought about this movie in years, but it’s going on my list for a cozy evening. Merci!

  17. stacy says:

    I probably haven’t seen this since 1982! It’s time.

  18. Martini says:

    I’ve never seen this movie, but it’s definitely on my list.

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