5 December 2008 | tomgauger
Robert Preston Swan Song
I think Blake Edwards and the cast of Victor/Victoria knew that Robert Preston would not be around much longer...he was already very ill (and looks it, even sweating a bit near the end.) That last number looks somewhat improvised and I think was a loving tribute to Preston that they got him to do this bit. It makes me cry every time I see it, watching this great actor have fun. It does not appear to have been pre-recorded (except for the orchestra). Everything about that last scene appears to have been done in one take, with cutaways to show audience reaction in the Paris nightclub. The scene, which ends the movie, doesn't really relate to the plot... it is a remarkable Hollywood inside bow to Robert Preston. More than likely, only director Blake Edwards or his wife Julie Andrews could shed more light on this great moment and what happened on the set of Victor/Victoria near the end of the life of a fantastic actor.