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Roberta [DVD]

Fred Astaire , Ginger Rogers , William A. Seiter    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott, Helen Westley
  • Directors: William A. Seiter
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paladium
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CMNL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,750 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Legendary producer Pandro S. Berman acquired this sell out Broadway success and turned it into a hit motion picture starring Fred Astaire and not one but two of the greatest stage and screen dancers Irene Dunne and Ginger Rogers. The magic of 1920's Paris is the backdrop as the City of Lights illuminates this film and also brings us the first great rendition of "Smoke Get's In Your Eyes". A template for future great Hollywood musicals. This is the third screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For this viewer, this is F&G's best movie!

Let's face it, most of the others are basically subject to the same silly misunderstandings to inspire/delay the glorious music and dance. Roberta (1935) has the best story but also the best music, with superb singing from Irene Dunne to match the superb dancing from F&G, and is altogether more visually striking than in the other films with their absurdly opulent hotels and resorts. The romance between Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott is also more passionate than the one given to Scott in Follow The Fleet.

No no, ignore the naysayers. ROBERTA is the best introduction to the artistry of Fred & Ginger.

Buy it and be transported.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this any more! 9 Aug 2009
By K H W
Format:DVD
This is a superb, stunning and highly entertaining movie; the music, dancing and clothes all from an age of high style - in every sense. A film well worth owning, because you will want to watch it again and again.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supreme dancing 11 April 2009
Format:DVD
This film should be regarded not for its overall quality as a film musical, but as an essential part of the collection of any Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers lover. (It was made before the studio fully realised that they would be a much bigger attraction than Irene Dunne.) It contains two of their best ever dances: their first 'fun' dance, which is recorded live and in a single take, and a sublime slow romantic dance to 'Smoke gets in your eyes'. There is also an amazing virtuoso solo tap dance from Fred. It is well worth enduring the mediocre plot-line for these items alone. Jerome Kern's music is also a bonus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROBERTA 28 Nov 2011
By AFW
Format:DVD
Fred & Ginger are superb, story line a bit corny but I bought the DVD for the dancing. Irene Dunn singing smoke gets in your eyes is wonderfull.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Roberta - the movie 13 Nov 2009
By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Roberta
Our heroine (played by Helen Westley) doesn't last long in this film, released in 1935. She seems to be on the point of expiring when the film opens and the rather far-fetched plot is all about what happens when her haute couture salon in Paris passes to her nephew (played by Randolph Scott), who is an all-American football star. Not the most convincing of plots - actually based on a book by Alice Duer Miller - but it served its purpose as a vehicle for a ravishing score by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Otto Harbach. The same story was remade rather more convincingly in colour by MGM in 1952 as Lovely To Look At. Astaire was partnered by Ginger Rogers in their third film together.

The songs soon became popular standards and, together with the Astaire-Rogers dancing, helped the film along. They included `Let's begin', `I'll be hard to handle', `You're devastating,' `Lovely to look at', `Smoke gets in your eyes' (sung in the film by Irene Dunne), and `I won't dance', originally from a London-based show by Kern and Oscar Hammerstein but reworked here with new lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Randolph Scott, before his career in westerns, has a quite prominent role as a footballer friend of Astaire's.

The film is in black-and-white of course, given its age, but Astaire and Rogers look good together whether or not they are in colour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something is wrong here 29 Sep 2013
Format:DVD
One of the weakest films of Fred and Ginger. It lacks some of the magic or the grace that is in the others. Maybe it's the fellow of Fred, perhaps it is that the Fred himself choreographed, maybe Irene Dunne should not be in the movie. I do not know. The truth is that Kern's music is good and very beautiful especially Smoke gets in your eyes or Lovely to look at. The models are beautiful and this and the dynamic of Fred and Ginger save the film. Has spanish subtitles.

Una de las películas mas débiles de Fred y Ginger. Le falta algo de la magia o la gracia que hay en las otras. Quizás sea el compañero, quizás sea que el propio hizo la coreografía, quizás es que Irenne Dunne no debió estar en la película. No sé. Lo cierto es que la música de Kern está bien y sobre todo la muy bella Smoke gets in your eyes o la Lovely to look at. Las modelos están bellísimas y esto y la dinámica Fred-Ginger salvan el filme. Tiene subtítulos en español.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Sep 2013
By Jan
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Mother in law liked it, but not as much as Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers other films.
or I would have gave it 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roberta - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers 27 Mar 2013
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Who cares if the plot is cheesy? The songs are great and the rapport between Fred and Ginger is more than usually fizzling. Fred did the choreography himself, and there is less of a feeling of an overall dance and more of a feeling of tap steps. Ginger shows her enormous talent for comedy. Add to this, you have Irene Dunne, a wonderful actress, as the main love interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
Prompt delivery, easy ordering procedure and reasonably priced products. The only problem with on-line buying is that of being out when delivery takes place. Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Chudley
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long
Item had taken too long to arrive at destination, did not know item was from Italy, althoug this would not have affected my purchase
Published 14 months ago by SARU
1.0 out of 5 stars Robert dvd
No stars - it is in Italian which I dont speak! This does not mean that I am not a committed European!
Published 14 months ago by chris harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Roberta (DVD)
As with most of these Astaire / Rogers films the story line is predictable but a good excuse to see excellent dance routines with the music of famous composers. Read more
Published 16 months ago by His Lordship.
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Much to Enjoy Here
Some unlikely plot contrivances allow the handsome Randolph Scott and gracious Irene Dunne to work out a complicated relationship, and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to do the same... Read more
Published 19 months ago by John Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars great songs and great dancing
The story is a little weak, but the songs, hit after hit and dancing to match, make up for any other shortfalls.
This is a great musical to add to any collection!
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by smiley
3.0 out of 5 stars Roberta
Hard to believe that this film was a hit stage musical. More of a fashion show except that the dancing is fantastic as always from Astaire and Rogers. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2009 by Dw Mallett
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