A musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter in which the musician looks back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through elaborate production numbers Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light--including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter.
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Critic Reviews for De-Lovely
The results ... are staid, with re-creations of Paris in the Jazz Age and Hollywood in its Golden Age that are like waxworks in motion.
Porter's songs keep much the film afloat when, otherwise, it would have sunk. No matter how turgid or murky the movie becomes, when the music starts, you're flying.
Not inept enough to make the composer spin in his grave ... but not insightful or clever enough to please the old boy, either.
Entertaining. With more than 30 Cole Porter songs and an accomplished cast, how can it not be?
The story is sad. The music is witty, wary, impassioned and delightful. The balance is what makes De-Lovely special.
Unfortunately, the film's post-modern staginess assists in keeping Porter endlessly at arm's length. [Blu-ray]
Winkler indulges a large amount of screentime detailing these sexual leanings and complications, which disrupts the picture's balance between wannabe musical and straight up bio-pic.
More imagination than inquiry, this cautiously reverential tale reaches for aesthetic pleasure and emotion over insight.
If you ignore the plot and just approach the flick as nothing more than a 21st century update of a Busby Berkeley-style musical, you will not be disappointed.
Performances crackling with an enthusiasm that indicates how much Porter's work continues to be loved and respected.
Elegante e esteticamente admirável, este musical é um pouco mais longo do que deveria, mas as belas canções e os complexos planos concebidos por Winker acabam compensando.
The production numbers recap Porter's life using his own music. The concept is nothing if not original but it's the execution that causes the greatest strife.
...employs a bizarre structure that makes it virtually impossible to connect with anything or anyone on screen.
Emotionally week and distant, like watered-down soup. It provides poor nourishment.
An intelligent behind-the-scenes look at enduring love and enduring music.
...if I didn't already enjoy the composer's music, this movie would never have swayed to like it.
Kline and Judd are both good, but Cole Porter seems to have more sophistication than depth.
The movie does offer insight into a man whose lyrics now are underscored with the deeper, hidden rhythms of truth.
The least you can expect from a film celebrating a witty and stylish personality like Cole Porter is to be witty and stylish. But, alas, De-Lovely is neither.
De-senfrenada y de-lirante, de-liciosa en algunos momentos.
De-Lovely's pedestrian aesthetic choices and conventional point of view sit awkwardly within its semi-experimental framework.
Audience Reviews for De-Lovely
The music, so vividly emphasized, made this film more of a musical in itself than a biopic of Cole Porter, a man whose life was riddled with rumors, infidelities, and the his love for his soulmate, Linda. In short, it was almost a musical written by Oscar Wilde.More
The acting and music are really good, but focuses way too much on his homosexual interests and weird-as-hell personal life. God bless Ashley Judd.More
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