A Little Night Music (1977)
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In the film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical based on Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night, a group of individuals meet for dinner and romance at a turn-of-the-century country estate.
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Critic Reviews for A Little Night Music
It's something more than a shock, then, that the film adaptation of the Broadway show not only fails to raise the spirits; it also tramples on them.
An abomination of a stage-to-screen adaptation, with disjointed performances that avoids some of the musical's best tunes in an effort to make it more audience friendly.
The film was not as bad as many detractors would like to imagine, although it earned its demerits at many levels.
By all accounts, the movie version should have been a smash hit. It is instead a colossal mess.
Audience Reviews for A Little Night Music
With this much talent on the table this should have been so much better. Liz was a great star but not a singer just the wrong actress for the role she should never have been cast, she does not seem comfortable and is not looking her best. Diana Rigg, Hermoine Gingold and Len Cariou do what they can with their parts and the settings are lovely but the direction is flat, in this sort of whimsy that is deadly. It has moments of pleasure but overall a miss.More
It has minor charms (Diana Rigg and Len Cariou come to mind), but mostly the film serves as a reminder as to how difficult a task it is to bring most Sondheim musicals to the big screen, if it should even be done at all. The cuts to the score are vexing and Hal Prince seems to have phoned in his direction . . . all in all, it's a disappointing mess.More
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