Thursday, December 19, 2019

A Little Night Music

Another case of a musical where the soundtrack is better than the movie.

2 barks and woofs on “A Little Night Music

  1. I thought the movie was a hoot. I saw it at the drive in in 1967, the other movie was You Only Live Twice, James Bond.

    • As Pauline Kael said in The New Yorker at the time (1967), it would have been twice as good at half the length. With a running time of 2:45, there’s so much cutting that could have been done. For example, the Jewish wedding: what did that have to do with anything else in the film? I was — and still am — a huge fan of Beatrice Lillie, though, and she was a hoot. It was only later that I learned that she was in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and that she had a terrible time with her lines. So sad.

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