GREAT 1936 movie tribute to man who was center stage in the development of vaudeville/Broadway show biz. The movie gloriously celebrates stage shows and creatively uses camera/film techniques (instantly changing point of view, going from distance to closeup, and a lot, lot more).
Somewhat ironic, that the movie industry became the biggest threat to live stage shows. People began using their entertainment dollars just on movies and many stage shows died from overwhelming business problems.
I really enjoyed the movie's dramatic staging, costuming, dancing, etc. - and film work, too!
This film did not date very well. It's way to long, overwritten and often dull. I turned it off after 2 hours, I didn't care enough to finish it. I can understand film history buffs being interested for it's historical context but everyone else will be bored to tears.
Released in 1936, this film is one of the biggest successes in the 1930s.
It is supposed to be a standard in musical film making.
As a matter of fact, it won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture for producer Hunt Stromberg, Best Actress for Louise Rainer, and Best Dance Direction for Seymour Felix.
Since then, however, it seems to have become a glory in the film industry.
To the eyes of the present-day movie-goers, it looks excessively showy and unreasonably long---185 minutes.
The DVD includes the 13-minute documentary "Ziegfred on Film" made in 2002.
It shows Luise Rainer who remained the only actress
in history to have won the Best Acrtress Oscar two years in a row until Katherine Hepburn, who won it in 1967 and 1968.
Born in Janusary 1910, Luise Rainer still lives now.
As of January 2014, she is 104 years old. Amazing!
extraordinary production numbers liven up this long black and white biography of Florenz Ziegfeld, with guest appearances by Fanny Brice and Ray Bolger, Luise Rainer won an Oscar for playing Ziegfeld's first wife, Anna Held, magnificently, watch for her roots in silent movies
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