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Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

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The presence of William Powell as legendary showman Flo Ziegfeld at the beginning of Ziegfeld Follies might lead an impressionable viewer from thinking that this 1946 film is a Technicolor sequel to the 1936 Oscar-winning The Great Ziegfeld. Not so: this is more in the line of an all-star revue, much like such early talkies as Hollywood Revue of 1929 and Paramount on Parade. We meet a grayed, immaculately garbed Ziegfeld in Paradise (his daily diary entry reads "Another heavenly day"), where he

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Musical & Performing Arts, Classics

Guy Bolton

Apr 25, 2006

MGM Home Entertainment

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A spangled hodgepodge, conjured up for the benefit of Powell-Pressburger and Ken Russell

May 2, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Uneven anthology with some great Minnelli musical numbers.

July 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Though not one of Minnelli (or MGM's) best musicals, this pastice is worth seeing for the dancing of Astarire and Kelly (the first and only time), Fanny Brice's shtick, and Judy Garland satirizing Greer Garson

September 19, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

...an elaborate showcase for the exceptional musical and comedy talents of MGM's biggest stars, with no messy story line or characterizations getting in the way.

April 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Some of the performances are standouts, but just as many are utter duds.

April 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Technically it's magnificent overkill, from Minnelli's swooping crane shots to the turning, floating 'Hello Dali!' carnival-wedding-cake scenic design to the intense Technicolor that burned holes in retinas.

April 23, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

Large-scale musical with hit or miss tunes

August 24, 2004
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Ziegfeld Follies

As it says in the movie, "Ziegfeld never cared so much about villains, plot, stories. The Ziegfeld Follies was itself a story of an era". So, while it doesn't offer anything in terms of narrative, this is a priceless document that gathers some of the biggest stars of the 40's, luminaries who have become celluloid icons. Sadly, the real star power (Judy Garland, Gene Kelly) appears too late into the picture, after an hour and a half of random musical numbers, dance sequences and comedic skits. So much style and so little substance does get tiresome after a while and, while the film's visually dazzling, it's also unbearably campy and over-the-top. Of course it didn't seem that way 60 years ago, but some bits are incredibly racist and/or offensive. See only for Garland's "The Great Lady Has An Interview" number and the amazing pairing of two of dance's biggest legends, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in "The Babbitt And The Bromide". Then again, you could watch those two clips on YouTube and save yourself the boredom.
June 16, 2011
This movie doesn't exactly have a story, it's more of a showcase of song and dance numbers starring many great actors. A nice picture of the Ziegfeld Follies.
October 23, 2010
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watch the musical numbers, skip the rest
March 27, 2007
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