Night and Day Reviews
Direction is pretty much paint-by-number. Michael Curtiz is one of Hollywood's most under-rated directors, having given us masterpieces such as Casablanca and Mildred Pierce, yet here he looks positively average.
Performances are pretty flat. Even Cary Grant just seems to be going through the motions. Alexis Smith does her best to breathe life into the proceedings, but its a futile task.
Not worth seeing as a drama, and certainly not as a documentary.
De-Lovely (2004) is a much more accurate depiction of the private life of Cole Porter, though also struggles to inject any energy or interest.
Way too much fiction in this movie in my opinion to be called biographical with lots of embellishments. But I understand of course that I can be really hard to make a biopic of such a famous person as Cole Porter, who was still living while this movie was made so it was probably more appropriate then to make a movie about how he himself (Cole Porter) would like his life to appear, then to make a more veracious drama.
In the beginning of the movie Mr. Porter tells his mother that he doesnīt want to be a lawyer but a musician, and then all through the movie he composes and writes songs on the piano for his wife whom he loves so much.
One of the most interesting thing is that they completely ignore the fact that Cole Porter was a homosexual (yet married!), but of course that would be too controversial in a movie from the 1940s.
A biopic can certainly be good even though it contains great inaccuracies (most biopics actually do), but why I chose to rate this movie 5 out of 10 is because the whole story lacks motivation and doesnīt quite make you more interested in the person Cole Porter unless you already are, and thatīs what I think is a point with biopics, to get more interested in the mainperson.
No, itīs about time they make a new biopic about Cole Porter, which includes his life, his music, and how hard it must have been for him being homosexual during a time when society had even more intolerance for it then today.
Despite good actors; Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Jane Wyman, Eve Arden, among others and the legendary director Michael Curtiz, and despite the nice Cole Porter songs, this is a dull movie.
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Although I'm a fan of Porter, I've often wondered why on Earth Hollywood wanted to do a movie on him at this time. Porter was a homosexual (a no-no back then), he preferred Broadway to Hollywood, and his lyrics were often censored. Indeed, this movie borders fiction as so much of it is a fabrication.
For fans of Cary Grant, Alexis Smith or Cole Porter's songs, I'd recommend "Night and Day". For those who want a factual biography on Porter, stay away.