Night and Day Reviews
Cole Porter is a Yale graduate composer who initially struggles to get on his feet, and finds true love during his struggles; but when his career takes off, it takes off with a bang and leads to him leaving true love by the wayside. Cole will need to make some tough decisions, and if he makes the wrong ones, may regret his direction in life.
"All you have to do is be amusing and don't say a word."
Michael Curtiz, director of Casablanca, White Christmas, Mildred Pierce, We're No Angels, Mildred Pierce, Yankee Doodle Dandee, Santa Fe, and The Sea Wolf, delivers Night and Day. The storyline for this picture is excellent and very well told. The settings, story, and acting were all perfect. The cast includes Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Monty Woolley, Jane Wyman, and Eve Arden.
"What's wrong with him?"
"He probably wants to be alone. Haven't you ever wanted to be alone?"
"Yeah...but with somebody."
I randomly came across this Curtiz/Grant collaboration and had to DVR it. This was a brilliant picture and a very underrated addition to the genre. I loved the evolution of Grant's character and the pace of the film is perfect (as is the conclusion). I strongly recommend seeing this picture.
"Don't forget to share him for Christmas."
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.