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Auntie Mame (2001)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 2001 Wide

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Auntie Mame began as a novel by Patrick Dennis (aka Ed Fitzgerald), then was adapted into a long-running Broadway play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. This 1958 film version permits Rosalind Russell to recreate her stage role as Mame Dennis, the flamboyant, devil-may-care aunt of young, impressionable Patrick Dennis. Left in Mame's care when his millionaire father drops dead, young Patrick (Jan Handzlik) is quickly indoctrinated into his aunt's philosophy that "Life is a banquet--and some

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Drama, Classics, Comedy

Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Oct 1, 2002

Warner Bros. Pictures

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Base on a book and Broadway play, the movie is still too theatrical due to Da Costa's mediocre helming, but it's a great, campy and colorful showcase for comedienne Rosalind Russell in her best-known role which she had originated on stage.

March 9, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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THE Rosalind Russell movie, and still fabulously funny.

January 5, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Possibly the greatest comedy of all time, with a performance by Rosalind Russell that can only be described as 'bravura'.

October 3, 2003 | Comment (1)

Supostamente baseado em fatos reais, traz Russell em uma atuação sensacional e conta com ótima direção de arte.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Stage-bound, but classic

November 5, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Rosalind Russell in a brilliant turn as we examine the manic life of an eccentric rich aunt who must spoil her niece at all costs.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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Audience Reviews for Auntie Mame

NEVER have I seen such a stylish set. Massive props on that.
Rosalind Russell is a goddess. And anyone who says otherwise should be done away with. Yes, it was a bit long and dragged at times, but the comedy was so witty and on the ball that who cares?!
I loved this. It's such a perfect film and perfect comedy!
May 17, 2010
MeetMeinMontauk
Jennifer D

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the 1958 "auntine mame" is the pinnacle of rosalind russell's career, and it does jolly rosalind great justice to glitter her comic genius in screwball comedy gendre that had been neglected or underused before. overlooked by most, rosalind russell has uncanny parallel to another classic star katehrine hepburn who was also a screwball diva in the 30s, considering her numberous collaborations with cary grant like "bringing up baby". they share the traits of being tall fair brunette and both funny with their non-stop swift-paced british accents except hepburn had more sharp edginess within her aggressive mannerism which has been constantly mocked in movies like "woman of the year" and "philadelphia story". (after all, we all like to cut a lofy dame down, aren't we?)

mame dennis is an eccentric socialite from the roaring 20s, wallowing in an extravangant life of endless gayety and diversities of styles and interior decors. mame has a stuff-shirted brother who sets up a will to keep her little son from her "bad influence" after he passes away. unfortunately it arrives soon, so auntine mame is ready to open doors for her nephew with mighty enthusiasm.

the title protagonist auntie mame is a larger than life character as you cannot demand realism upon such a cozy heart-warming fair tale. it is a comedy which relies upon its witty lines nourished by its deviant naivete of exaggerated demeanors. and this sort of comedies could merely exist among the 50s (age of innocence despite its fatal mccarthyism) since the cleverly phrased comedy without relishing profanity is no longer popular after the mid 60s, another read-between-the-lines "refined" humor celebrating "santized bohemianism".

the philosophy behind "auntine mame" is more of a hygienic hedonism without the darkness of alcoholism and prosmiscuity as mame exclaims "life is a bandquet, and most suckers are starving to death". and it does pose some anti-bourgeois sign without intruding middle-classed moralisticness. perhaps it casts a positive user-friendly democratic view that everyone should live beyond prejudice to appreciate a lovable cucko-cucko like auntine mame with enormous social acceptance. and my conclusion would be auntie mame is a fruitation of indulgent whims upon childlike innocence.

one praise goes for orry-kelly who designs most clothes for warner bro. from 30s~40s,, also lots of bette davis vehicles like jezebell and little foxes. and rosalind russel does have episodic sections of various dyed hairdos and exotic costumes, and she even dresses herself like a drogn lady with a dragon-headed doorgate which fumes everytime guest rings the bell. that anchors the great idiocyncrasy of auntine mame.

except katherine hepburn, no other actress could deliver those oddball lines so well so proficiently as rosalind russell who is mildly underrated. russell does appear as demure love interest in her 30s mgm days in flicks like "china seas" and "they met in bombay" with, again, clark gable. russel could be competent in most roles hepburn made prestige among 30s~40s. the major distinction would be russell is more feminine and less domineering and invasive than hepburn. thus rosalind russell makes an appropriate goofy adorable auntine mame as every adolescent boy's ideal auntine. an escapic retreatment for childhood dreams.
August 2, 2008
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Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

Rosalind Russell is terriffic in this 1958 musical film version of the stage and novel hit. Auntie Mame (Russell) has her only surviving family member whom is her young nephew move in after his father passes away. Mame is a very colorful woman and together they open each other's eyes with a lot of crazy charaters and moments along the way....a very good movie.
August 1, 2008
mwilliams078
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

great, great central character and fun supporting ones
March 29, 2007
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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

    1. Mame Dennis: Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!
    – Submitted by Dutch E (18 months ago)
    1. Mame Dennis: Child, how do you see with all that light?
    – Submitted by Tom A (2 years ago)
    1. Mame Dennis: Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.
    – Submitted by Pamela B (2 years ago)
    1. Patrick Dennis: Pipe down, kid. Your Auntie Mame's hung.
    – Submitted by Stephen W (3 years ago)
    1. Gloria Upson: You could practically write a whole book about what happened to me.
    – Submitted by Stephen W (3 years ago)
    1. Agnes Gooch: How bleak was my puberty.
    – Submitted by Ken K (3 years ago)
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