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Tuesday, 04 May 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Gigi function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: MGM Home Entertainment MPAA rating: G starring: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold release year: 1958 film rating: Four-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Partly because it’s a period piece, partly because it deals with subjects that are ever timely and partly because it was so brilliantly made to begin with, ‘Gigi’ hasn’t dated at all. The 1958 musical, which won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Musical Score and six others besides, looks just as charming, sophisticated and humane today as ever. Thanks to its rich-hued DVD transfer, it’s as colorfully beautiful as ever, too.
Tuesday, 27 April 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: An American In Paris function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Nina Foch release year: 1951 film rating: Four-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein With songs by George and Ira Gershwin and Gene Kelly’s rapturous dancing and choreography, movie musicals just don’t come much more exuberant or gorgeous than ‘An American in Paris.’ Winner of the 1951 Best Picture Oscar (and five other Academy Awards), ‘American’ stands the test of time, largely because while artists of similar stature in their own right have come along since, there’s no one really like the Gershwins or Kelly. This film provides the real articles at the top of their form. Kelly plays the title role, Jerry Mulligan, an ex-G.I. who after WWII has stayed on in Paris to paint. He’s content with his penniless, bohemian existence until, in quick succession, he is taken under the wing of a smitten, rich American patroness (Nina Foch) and falls for local shopgirl Lise (Leslie ...
Tuesday, 27 April 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer MPAA rating: G starring: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Russ Tamblyn, Jeff Richards, Tommy Rall release year: 1954 film rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein It’s a tough call trying to figure out what standards to use to evaluate ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.’ One the one hand, the film was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture. Despite the Academy Award it won for Best Score, the Johnny Mercer/Gene de Paul songs are not all that memorable. However, Michael Kidd’s choreography is flabbergastingly spectacular. To watch Russ Tamblyn and Jacques D’Amboise in particular in the barn-raising scene in Chapter 18 is to be in film-dancing heaven. On the other hand, there surely must be a university library section entirely devoted to the underlying messages in a cheerful, all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza based on Plutarch’s ‘The Rape of the Sabine Women.’
Tuesday, 08 December 1998 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: My Fair Lady function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Warner Bros. Home Video MPAA rating: G starring: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel, Mona Washbourne. release year: 1964 film rating: Three and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren "My Fair Lady" is the best American musical play ever written. The "book," by Alan Jay Lerner from Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion," is witty, satirical and warm; the songs, by Lerner and Frederick Lowe, are brilliant and some have become imperishable classics. The ideally-cast Rex Harrison made theatrical history and carved out his own entry in the list of immortal theatrical performances. It ran for years, and touring companies revived it again and again. It's here to stay.
Tuesday, 17 November 1998 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Rolling Stones: Bridges To Babylon Tour '97-'98 function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: NR starring: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood release year: 1998 film rating: Three and One-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein At this point in history, reviewing anything involving the Rolling Stones is not unlike reviewing Stonehenge. Both have been around nearly forever, and those who revere, are puzzled by or ignore the monoliths are unlikely to have their strongly held opinions altered by anything written at this late date.
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