- Actors: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin McNally, Allan Corduner
- Directors: Irwin Winkler
- Producers: Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan, Charles Winkler
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, English
- Dubbed: Polish
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 7 Mar. 2005
- Run Time: 125 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0006NKBW8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,010 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Filled with his unforgettable songs, this is a musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter. Porter's elegant, excessive past is brought to life, including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter. Popular hits such as 'Anything Goes', 'It's De-Lovely' and 'Night and Day' are performed by contemporary stars including Robbie Williams, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow and Elvis Costello.
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Top Customer Reviews
Cole Porter was born in the late 1800s, and came to prominence in the same post-war, roaring 20s ages that also saw people such as Irving Berlin and Noel Coward. He met the desirable and socially-connected divorcee Linda Taylor in Paris; their marriage seemed from the outside rather idyllic, but there was a secret. This was a marriage of love, to be sure, but not lust. Cole Porter was gay, not really even bisexual, but gay. While this came as no surprise to Linda, over time Cole's attachments to his other loves threatened the integrity of their relationship in Linda's eyes.
Cole Porter tried to be faithful to three things -- to his wife, Linda; to his music; and to his own identity. These did not always fit well together. Even though faithfulness to Linda meant emotional and relationship attachment rather than sexual fidelity, even here, Cole's attachments to some of his lovers would become strong enough to warrant Linda wanting a change; unfortunately for her, Cole was able to find a gay life no matter where they moved. Linda's ultimate reconciliation to this came from her recognition that Cole's life, like his music, couldn't be restrained. Cole's ultimate regret was that he couldn't find the perfect someone, that his love was always meaningful but not always satisfying.
Kevin Kline's protrayal of the conflicted Cole Porter is a very good one; Ashley Judd's Linda is very sensitive and stunningly portrayed.Read more ›
It has a fantastic sense of style with performances that are faultless. Kline and Judd are so perfectly matched and believable that you become convinced you're watching the real people.
But it's the music that wins you over - and the way in which it is woven into the story so that you suddenly see every song in a whole new way as it becomes an illustration of Porter's own life, weaknesses, passions or longing.
The entire basis of the film is that Porter (Kline in wonderful prosthetics) sees his life flash before him in the final moments of his life. This is 'orchestrated' by 'Gabe' (Gabriel) who acts as the director of the 'show' that Kline is watching in its final rehearsal. he is thus able to comment on his own life as it is acted out before him.
Truly wonderful and definitely not to be missed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From what I know about Cole Porter's life this picture couldn't be better. It's amusing and romantic at same time.In fact this is real portrait of his life.Published 4 months ago by ANTONIO CAMPOS de MELO
A very fine DVD in all aspects great acting and singing
A very enjoyable film though historically far from accurate. The time frame of Porters writing of particular songs and shows is all over the place,however the musical numbers are... Read morePublished 13 months ago by barrymac