Ziegfeld Follies

Ziegfeld Follies

DVD - 2006
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A dead showman looks down upon the Earth and dreams of his perfect show. Features many stars of the WWII era.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006]
Edition: Full screen (1.331)
ISBN: 9781419823473
1419823477
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD ZIE

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billh0676
Jul 08, 2017

The sets are great. The costumes are good. The singing and dancing is mostly wonderful. The comedy sketches do not translate well to today and I can't imagine they were that funny in 1945.

Watch this movie for one of the actor/singer/dancers and skip all of the parts that don't have your favorite.

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ThomasJWhiting
Feb 27, 2016

VERY GOOD 1945 movie which is 19 cuts of a variety of show biz flavors - singing, dancing, big stages, comedy.
Some of the early ones were a bit slow for me, but it constantly picked up steam as it went along. The producers knew which cuts were the best, and arranged the sequence accordingly.
I particularly enjoyed the Judy Garland sequence near the end - wow!

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Bang_On
Mar 16, 2015

If you ask me - I'd say that Ziegfeld Follies was a perfect example of just how much Hollywood was so blindly in love with itself in the year 1945.

This gaudy, garish, and clunky, post-WW2 time-waster could only appeal to the most die-hard fans of pure Tinseltown schmaltz, and no one else.

Incompetently directed by that silly, flamboyant queen, Vincente Minnelli, Ziegfeld Follies was an unbelievably irksome mess of 15 short acts which either consisted of comedy, dance or song.

Even though this utter piece of junk featured such big-name stars as Lena Horne, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Red Skelton, it was truly some of the absolute worst entertainment I've seen from that era of movie-making in a mighty long, long time.

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