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A Badly Underrated Classic,
This review is from: New York New York [DVD] (DVD)
This Film has long been one of my all time favourites. I was shocked and appaled to find only one [bad] review on amazon!
This is not just Martin Scorsese trying to do a 40s musical as most people seem to expect. It is a deeply disturbing film, with very complex characters. It seems at the start that Robert's harsh, almost mentally unstable, leading man seems too much for Liza's fragile leading lady but as the film goes on both characters evolve. You really do get involved with the lead roles, they're both terrifically acted.
That doesn't mean that musical sequences aren't some of the best I've seen, however. This singing (mainly done by Liza with a few guest apparences here and there) is perfect. Liza was in her prime in this film; she soars on numbers like "The World Goes Round" and "Just You, Just Me"; does a wonderful Peggy Lee impression with "There Goes The Ball Game" and proves she is just as much of a star as her mother in the breathtaking sequence "Happy Endings" (you have to watch the long version to get "Happy Endings", it was cut oringinally). The title song really is amazing and once experienced, Frank's version will never seem the same. (I'm not sure which high notes this other reviewer was criticing her on? her range is actually centered a little higher than her mothers so she seems quite at ease in this film.)
A stunning and very deep film. Greatly missunderstood but worth looking into. The sets are wonderfully exaggerated and the [mostly improvised] acting from the leads is truely brilliant.