Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

G   |    |  Drama, Musical, Romance


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A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl.


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  • "Goodbye Mr. Chips," Director Herbert Ross 1969 / MGM
  • "Goodbye Mr. Chips," Peter O'toole 1969 / MGM
  • "Goodbye Mr. Chips," Petula Clark 1969 / MGM
  • "Goodbye Mr. Chips," Peter O'toole 1969 / MGM
  • Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
  • "Goodbye Mr. Chips," Petula Clark, Peter O'toole 1969 / MGM

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6 October 2000 | broberts-2
Vastly underrated treasure
I was led to this film when it first opened by Pauline Kael's review which, although critical of the music and other things, was an unqualified rave for Peter O'Toole's performance, as well as highly complimentary to Petula Clark as well. Seeing this projected in 70MM with 6-track stereo sound was an extraordinary experience, so much so that I went back the following day to see it again, bought the soundtrack, and even returned to see it a third time a week later. It is still one of my favorite films and the letterboxed Laserdisk has kept it looking fresh. Seeing Peter O'Toole in this, just a year after he screamed his way (brilliantly) through "The Lion in Winter" I was convinced he was the greatest actor of the day. The shock was Petula Clark, who gives such a warm and fine performance here that there is no doubt that theirs is one of the most affecting love stories on film. This was Herbert Ross' first directing effort and, like Bob Fosse on "Sweet Charity" the same year, you can just feel their excitement at the possibilities of the medium. I was always sad at the critical slaughter this film received, Ms. Kael stood alone, and am so pleased to see all the positive comments this film now earns. Quickly, I love the cinematography, supporting performances, and production design and finally, the music. This was one of the first examples I can think of the stream-of-consciousness musical score, songs are sung partly as voiceovers and partly on screen, switching back and forth, songs will stop and start again after lines of dialog, and return later in the film with different arrangements and lyrics, etc., etc. And a special note to John Williams' wonderful arrangements. Try to see this in widescreen and stereo, forget your prejudices about it and sit back and let it sweep over you

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