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- Mary H. Jacko
I did not see Silk Stockings when it first came out in 1957 but I am watching it now on TCM. During my lifetime, I have seen many many musicals but I have to say my belief is that Silk Stockings has to be the BEST! Cyd Charisse proved that her dancing abilities matched those of Ginger Rogers when she danced with the Master of Dance "Fred Astaire". It was a pleasure watching them dance together as well as their solo number So!I thank TCM for presenting this truly magnificent musical!Mary H. Jacko
Silk Stockings seduce Socialists
- Will Fox
The opening act introduces 3 Communist Commissars' song-and-dance, visiting Paris and singing, "Too Bad, Too Good To Be True." Drunken Commie, Peter Lorrie steals the scene with his cunningly charming, Table Dance. Additional highlights include singing, satirizing Hollywood's Musicals: "Glorious Technicolor, Stereophonic Sound" and Fred Astaire's dance solos, plus romantic songs for his lover, Ninotchka: "All of You;" plus "The Ritz, Rock & Roll," earning a standing ovation and "Bravos!" One hour in Ninotchka, devout communist, Cyd Charisse sings sweetly, "Without Love What is a Woman?" segueing into her sexy striptease and beautiful negligee ballet. She is learning to love liberty. Frustrated, freedom-fighter, Fred Astaire asks, "DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THE STATE? In frustration, suffering Socialists sing laments about strict-state censoring and threatening imprisonments: "Siberia," "We Gotta Have Blues," and "The Red Blues." The film's finale features the x-Communists, serving real Russian food to the free, French public and becoming happy, rich Capitalists. Thanks to amiable American, Fred Astaire enabling their freedom and thriving success. Then they all joyfully reprise the opening song-and-dance, singing with new liberating lyrics: "We Won't Go Back To Moscow!" while celebrating their love and liberty. Thanks to TCM, viewers can compare 1957's "Silk Stockings" to the original classic movie, 1939's "Ninotchka."
- Tom Johnson
This very funny MGM film version of the Cole Porter Broadway success, based on the Greta Garbo-Ina Claire film classic "Ninotchka", should not be compared to the earlier film although "Silk Stockings" too is buoyed enormously by its two starring ladies, the incomparable Cyd Charisse as a Soviet envoy in Paris, and the zany Janis Paige as a Hollywood swimming star dry-docked with a chronic inner ear, afoot in the City of Light to make a musical film of Tolstoy's "War and Peace". The real problems are that ageing director Rouben Mamoulian was a bit uncomfortable with the CinemaScope camera, especially restrictive for a singing and dancing picture, and to be as kind as possible, Fred Astaire was a bit long in the tooth for his role as a romantic, dashing film producer. Still it's a witty and very diverting piece of satire, the music is special indeed, and when Paige makes funny and Charisse begins to dance, the screen, like Paris, really sparkles. Note: "Silk Stockings" marks the film dancing debut of the famous and feared Peter Lorre. Be very afraid - he has a knife between his teeth!
Silk Stockings on Criterion Collection DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
I would very much like to have this musical classic on Criterion Collection DVD. I like Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Peter Lorre.
Well the Technicolor was good anyway.
This is an example of Hollywood out of ideas and resorting to a less than noteworthy remake of a good film. No wonder I've never seen this before in my life. Astaire is good but deserves better than this pathetic attempt at a remake. Even Peter Lorre couldn't make this turkey fly.If you've a hankering for this story, go to the original, it really is worthy of the film it consumed. You can't go wrong with Garbo.
Cute Little Film
It's a sweet story, of oppressed people finally getting to enjoy life. The music is surprisingly catchy! Though there are some troubles with the storytelling. Some of the plot was a bit hard to follow and was explained by dialogue, when tight editing might have been more effective. Also, they make it clear why the Communist system is wrong, it's oppressive to its people. But it's unclear as to why Capitalism is so much better, as it comes across quite materialistic and frivilous, lol. To be fair, they do point out the values of free speech at one point. It would have been nice if that was focused on more. Still, this was supposed to be a comedy and not a commentary!All in all, not the deepest story in the world, but still very charming.
Some Great "unknown" Cole Porter songs
I've always loved the songs in this movie. For some reason they're not as well known as other Cole Porter tunes. "Sterophonic Sound" is a clever and funny look at movie biz technology. "Ritz Roll and Rock is an ahead-of-its-time take on the rock music biz & celebrities."Chemical Reaction" is a literate, original view of Love / Lust.Fred Astaire, as always is great, and the plot is also clever, especially for the time it was made (Capitalism over Communism)
it was an ok film, but not one of either the leads best. i think it could have been directed better in many ways. i think the woman lead was very mis-directed in many was.....the film wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either.