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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple plot but amazing execution, 16 May 2011
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Easily the best of Rita Hayworth's musicals, Cover Girl seems to have become a forgotten film, but its one of the best non-MGM wartime musicals, with gorgeous Technicolor, some good songs courtesy of George and Ira Gershwin and at least one standout number, the Shadow Dance, which still amazes with its technique as Gene Kelly dances with his own reflection. It's all the more impressive when you consider that the camera is in almost constant motion at a time when motion control camera systems didn't exist, so the amount of effort put in to matching both the camera moves and the dance steps twice over must have been incredible.

For decades this was only available in black and white due to the deterioration of the colour negative, but the film has been beautifully restored to something close to its Technicolor glory in a fine DVD transfer, though it's well worth shelling out the extra for Twilight Time's limited edition (3000 copies) region-free Blu-ray release which manages to improve on it. While it's certainly not as vivid as crisp as it was when new, considering how poorly the film was treated for years it's easily the best home video presentation.
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Trevor Willsmer
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