Watching the film again some... 13 years after I first saw it, I just realised how good it is. I mean, the settings, the music used - that could be ANY city, ANY time, ANY place, ANY where (if you ignore the American accents :p I always imagine it to be set in New York, but whatever!) and the gags and visuals used, appeal to all ages - some of the more obvious jokes I found funny at aged 5, whereas some of the subtler and more adult jokes I find funny now (aged 18) - there's something for everyone on it; there's just something about this story that is timeless - people will always be amazed by magic, people will always yearn to be something they are not - more confident, more appealing, more lucky in love, and this film is basically using all those elements, using great young actors (that were, back then) and the freshest talent, a great director and a fantastic plot and story line. Since buying the DVD I have seen it four times, twice with the ordinary audio, and once with the different audio commentaries. The Special Features, however, are a bit poor, but from a media student's perspective, it gives a very good and detailed insight into working in the business, and the shortcomings and frustrations of filming.
The soundtrack - what can I say! Jazz and swing, and the whole art deco feel of places like the Coco Bongo night club - it's just got a whole 1920s, yet modern, feel to it - it's very asthetically pleasing, and... well, it's one of my favourite films of all time - truly ageless, and timeless