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Great Ziegfeld

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A spectacular biography of the flamboyant impressario, flo ziegfeld.


Studio Warner
SKU 206584615
UPC 883929002498
UPC 14 00883929002498
Format DVD
Release Date 1/8/2008
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.37:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director
Eddie Imazu - Art Director
Frank Morgan - Actor
George J. Folsey, et. al. - Cinematographer
Hunt Stromberg - Producer
Luise Rainer - Actor
Myrna Loy - Actor
Robert Z. Leonard - Director
Sidney Algier - Producer
Walter Donaldson - Original Music By
William Anthony McGuire - Writer
William Powell - Actor
William S. Gray - Editor
Winner (1937) Oscar, Luise Rainer, Best Actress in a Leading Role,Oscar, Seymour Felix, Best Dance Direction,Oscar, The Great Ziegfeld, Best Picture
Nominee (1937) Oscar, Cedric Gibbons, et. al., Best Art Direction,Oscar, Robert Z. Leonard, Best Director,Oscar, William S. Gray, Best Film Editing,Oscar, William Anthony McGuire, Best Writing, Original Story
Nominee (1936) Venice Film Festival, Robert Z. Leonard, Mussolini Cup
ReviewSource DVD Savant
Review William Powell is a charming host throughout this charade, but neither Myrna Loy and Luise Rainer are given much to work with. Rainer really has only two extended scenes that earned her the Oscar, fretting when romanced by killer diller Flo, and then crying through her tears in approved MGM weepy fashion...It all goes on for over three hours, now that Turner/Warner have reinstated Overture, Entr'acte and Exit music, a classy touch. The ending invents a major cliche, the much-imitated death fantasy for a talented 'legend': As Ziegfeld expires penniless in his Manhattan apartment, endless chorines descend endless stairs, superimposed over Powell's beatific face chanting 'More stairs! There must be more stairs!' It must have been a wild day in Mayer's office when he acted out this scene, insisting that his staff work up tears over it...As grotesque as it is, The Great Ziegfeld is no more banal than any modern Best Picture Oscar winner, and is certainly a key film to understand MGM's colossal ego trip in the midst of the depression. It certainly explains the origin of Ziegfeld Follies 9 years later. It's a plotless revue of acts mostly unrelated to the showman, and introduced by William Powell as the great entertainer - from his permanent home in heaven! Sheesh.
Reviewer Glenn Erickson
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, Spanish, French, Subtitled, Slip Sleeve, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Clive Hirschhorn, The Hollywood Musical A breathtakingly effective cinematic equivalent of a night out at the Follies.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Spectacular, immensely entertaining...Powell [is] dashing...Rainer is stunning.

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