De-Lovely (2004)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, Music

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Inspecting a magical biographical stage musical, composer Cole Porter reviews his life and career with his wife, Linda.


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15 September 2004 | itsbeenextraordinary
I know his music and key life symbols and this movie misses.
I'm reminded of the reasons why "Chicago" was overproduced with neo-period style and staging. Porter's music is distorted with the same tools.

The meaning of 30s and 40s big band orchestrations and crooner vocals playing Porter are lost and disregarded here - probably because this rendition tries for a "modern" genre twist with "modern" genre vocalists and musical arrangements.

The best of Porter's compositional melody and harmonic charm seems to be purposely put in cameo. And I don't think Porter had Kline's nervous edge - documentaries and biography show Porter to be much softer. One background character really looks like Porter. Is that on purpose?

Finally, the movie tells the homosexual story in full modern flaunting display (kissing, etc.) - giving the audience a false impression that his "lifestyle" was widely accepted during his active days. Rather, I think it was mostly hidden and readily accepted as it was.

I enjoyed the story - as most of the applauding audience did - apart from my expressed narrow judgements.

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