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One of the reasons!!
This magnificent film is one of the main reasons I love TCM as I do. I share this station every time I can with anyone who I think might enjoy it, What can I add to what has already been said about one of the truly best films I have ever been blessed to enjoy? Everything about it is wonderful! Only masterpieces like this one leaves us with a combination of tears of sadness and compassion, yet, tears of absolute joy and total enjoyment of the music itself combined with the same satisfying feelings that come from enjoying the performance of those works of genius by the artists portraying the parts of the historical people. This is a classic of classics for lovers of music as well as lovers of fine films. This one has the best of both. I am grateful to you, TCM. Please, please, never stop showing any of the wonderful classics like this one.
One of the Greats
This movie is one of the greats--I have watched it over and over after watching it initially on Turner Classics. Then bought the DVD and so happy I did. A wonderful movie to watch if you are a musician or a wannabee, this movie will lead inspiration, but also give insight into one of the greatest musicians of America. Although the movie is a bit lengthy, I couldn't think of anything that should be left out. So grateful so many original artists chose to appear as a tribute to the late great, Gershwin.
Rhapsody in Blue
- Pamela Lodefink
We obtained this film from our Public Library and renewed it to watch it four times. If you watch the film as a music lover, it is dense and satisfyng. Because we knew some of the plot lines were fiction, we did not expect a biography. I would love to read one if it exists.It was a treat to see the musicians who played themselves in the movie, to see the performances that were careful reproductions of the actual performances. I do not understand the comment that George Gershwin's life did not offer enough excitement or controversy, and so had to be fictionalized. Is it not enough to get a glimpse of the pain musicians suffer when music is their entire lives, when they can never be as close to other people as they are to their music? The film delivered that glimpse in enough detail to help me understand my sons and some of my friends, with a new appreciation. Creating that kind of insight is a function of art and this piece of art is a great one.We loved the film.
Rhapsody in Blue...George Gershwin...America's own...Made in America...WOW!!! All the greats in American music, many playing themselves, at that period in our country, and that music...makes you cry, real tears, with pride. To see Al Jolsen sing Swannee is an American musical historical event. The youth of today will never know what they have missed unless they have families like mine...this fantastic music sung and handed down over time! Even whistling Swannee!
rhapsody in blue
great cast in an overly long, sometimes confusing biography. Oscar levant shines as gershwins very close friend. others seem to be trudging along with there parts, but guess who comes out like a bolt of thunder with ONE song and sick with malaria and a damaged lung? for a brief moment, there was life and light. al jolson no wonder they called him the, worlds greatest entertainer. when he was finished his song he walked off saying that one was on the house, for George.
George Gershwin - An all time American Masterpiece
- Michael A. Benigno
George Gershwin is the product of a generation that felt and lived the American dream. Hard work and innovation applied through God given copious talent has been a recipe for greatness throughout American history. George and Ira Gershwin defined big time music across many genres for quite some time. Their relevance has never ebbed. Their creations timeless........This movie dramatizes the process of greatness. It depicts George's many creative, professional and spiritual highs and lows. Robert Alda does a great job of capturing the driven sensitive ever searching perfectionist that George Gershwin was. The supporting cast is so many parts supportive, cajoling and in awe. Just like, I'm sure, those people that surrounded the real genius. The fact is so many in the movie's cast were just that to the real man, his friends, peers and admirers.That in itself is perhaps what makes this movie and screenplay so unique and compelling. Those who knew him best must have felt obliged to tell his story through the movie as a sort of eulogy to his abbreviated life. It is a fitting testament to the man and his music. The music soars throughout the movie as it will for time to come........ Definitely worth a look and listen!
Robert Alda Piano Playing
- howard bernstein
I did some research on the net and see that Robert Alda was not actually playing the piano. The special effects were great as one could not tell, a tribute to this movie
Victimization At It's Finest
- Jack The Hat
This films title should have been, "Self Sympathy"! It is filled with characters who only desire is to feel sorry for them selfs---I get sick every time I think of this film.
Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
Even though the main role is way over Robert Alda's acting range, it's a fine film with excellent music. Good cinematography, well acted by the rest of the cast. A bit over long, but memorable.
Of course no one is interested in making a DVD or anything else of this movie. Why would they--it's only George Gershwin! Maybe they are too busy remaking TRAVOLTA movies! Anyway, this is a pretty historical account of the genius, though some call it fiction. Why then would dozens of people (including Paul Whiteman, George White, and Oscar Levant) play themselves? My 20 year study of Gershwin and his work with Whiteman and George White and the SCANDALS likewise gets no notice. Even those EXPERTS? writing volumes on Gershwin have little knowledge of his work with these pioneers. Look at the Blue Monday Blues number given great coverage in the film, but little known elsewhere. WAKE UP America--it's the only ART we can call our own. Professor Gary
Gershwin and DVD
Why isnt the story of America's greatest composer available on DVD? (This movie starred Alan Alda's dad, and many of Gershwin's actual associates. Another movie stuck in oblivion is the Porgy and Bess with Sammy Davis and Sidney Prtier et al. I agree that a new bio of Gershwin is in order--Hershey Fielder brought him to life with his one man show on stage, perhaps a DVD of his performance would fill the bill.
Bring Gershwin Back!!!
It would be GREAT to be able to find thisfilm on DVD. There are a couple of used VHS tapes out there. PLEASE someone do aDVD transfer...maybe Warner Bros.??Even better...a NEW film on the life ofGeorge Gershwin. There is so much more info out there since the 1945 film thatthe really honest & true story could be made about Gershwin. I saw the movie once as a kid at the theater and then once or twice on late nite TV back in the 60s or 70s.
- THOMAS J
I also tried to buy the dvd but it was discontinued.WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO SHOW THIS MOVIE AGAINPLEASE DO IT SOON
Rhapsody in Blue (1945) Great movie
- Alvaro Loaiza
I love the movie Rhapsody in Blue. Even though sections of it are fiction, it's great to see a few people play themselves, people who had the honor of knowing and working with George Gershwin. Oscar Levant is an awesome pianist and he was a close friend of Gershwin's. Robert Alda plays George Gershwin and he also was a fantastic pianist. This movie was on DVD a few years ago, but for some reason it was discontinued. I hope it comes back. Come on. George Gershwin was the greatest American composer ever. Please, whoever's in charge, put it on DVD.
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Why was a portion of a sentence edited out about halfway thru? A man was clearly speaking - but the words were edited out.