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Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess(1959)

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In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess - a woman with a disreputable history - tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for murder. The only person willing to overlook her past and offer her shelter is the crippled Porgy. Their relationship is threatened by the disapproval of the townspeople, the presence of her old drug supplier Sportin' Life - and the threatened return of Crown.

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MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  World premiere in New York: 24 Jun 1959
Release Date:  1959 Production Date:  [Todd-AO]
UCLA; LC*
UCLA: 35mm; LC: VBG 3184-86
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  Columbia Pictures Corp.
Sound:  70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Stereo Production Co:  Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Inc.
Duration(mins):  146 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  15,335    
Duration(reels):  14    

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  • Porgy & Bess: A true classic

    Sunshine724 2016-02-05

    I have been in search of Porgy & Bess on DVD for many years to add to my classic movie collection. There are DVD copies of this movie that can be... MORE>

  • Lost, or held captive?

    Richard M Krueger 2015-11-17

    PORGY AND BESS seems to be locked away in the nether world of subjective opinion. What the Gershwin estate insists is not a true representation of this... MORE>

  • Porgy and Bess

    Vaughn Cropper 2015-05-20

    "Porgy and Bess" is an outstanding production of George Gershwin's masterpiece. It is tastefully done in muted colors. The voices are... MORE>