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Heart & Soul: The Life & Music of Frank Loesser (2006)is the first-ever documentary profile of one of America's most accomplished composer/lyricists. Frank Loesser wrote the words and music for Broadway's "Guys & Dolls," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," and "The Most Happy Fella," along with lyrics for motion pictures from the golden age of Hollywood musicals. His song titles - from "Luck Be a Lady" to "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - are part of our everyday language. One commentator calls him, "Cole Porter, without the martini in his hand."
Seven years in the making, this documentary tells the story of an extraordinary artist from his early days in Hollywood to his triumphs on Broadway to his eventual decline and untimely death at age 59. It's the story of a man once described as being "his own Damon Runyon character" - a tough-talking New Yorker with a generous heart, a volatile temper, and a passion for living that came through in his music.
Heart & Soul has it all: a fascinating subject, great behind the scenes stories, and performance clips of favorite songs from the golden days of Hollywood and Broadway - music that has a special place in Americans' hearts... and souls.
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Director: Walter J. Gottlieb
Cinematography: Martin Andrews
Film Editing: Michael Gehman
Interviewees: Matthew Broderick, Charles Nelson Reilly, Robert Morse, Jerry Herman, Betty Garrett, Jo Sullivan Loesser, James Burrows.