Maytime (1937)

Passed   |    |  Drama, Musical, Romance


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An aging opera singer looks back on her long life, including her relationships with her vocal teacher and a student.


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  • Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)
  • Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)
  • Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)
  • Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)
  • Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)
  • John Barrymore and Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)

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27 November 2007 | dref4508
Why did Stothart adapt Tchaikovsky?
Because there was nothing suitable in the opera repertoire for a baritone and a soprano to sing together! And Romberg's music wasn't used because it was too expensive; practically everything in the film score was in public domain or composed for the film. Likewise, filming in color was nixed in a cost-cutting move (though, frankly, I can't imagine how this film could be any better in color!) Movie-making is all and always about compromise.

A little research into Herbert Stothart's tonal plan for this film will help you understand it better, if understanding the technicalities will help you appreciate it more. But just enjoy "Maytime" for what it is, not what it isn't. A lovely, opulent, romance treasure. Don't be afraid to like it!

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