Kismet Reviews

  • Dec 14, 2020

    One of the great movie musicals made in the 50s, in cinemascope and technicolor with great stars, sets, singing and choreography.

    One of the great movie musicals made in the 50s, in cinemascope and technicolor with great stars, sets, singing and choreography.

  • Jul 31, 2019

    Dreary and misconceived Baghdad operetta, where every moment moves at such a funereal pace, and every Borodin tune is so uninteresting that you wonder how legendary director Vincente Minnelli ever got involved. Howard Keel is very miscast, and so resorts to overacting. I managed thirty minutes before bailing.

    Dreary and misconceived Baghdad operetta, where every moment moves at such a funereal pace, and every Borodin tune is so uninteresting that you wonder how legendary director Vincente Minnelli ever got involved. Howard Keel is very miscast, and so resorts to overacting. I managed thirty minutes before bailing.

  • Feb 01, 2019

    The best musical movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung: Stranger in Paradise!

    The best musical movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung: Stranger in Paradise!

  • Sep 09, 2017

    Vincente Minnelli's indifferent direction mars this Arabian Knights musical adapted from the stage hit; the score (based on Borodin's music) is still quite lovely, including song hits such as "Stranger in Paradise," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," and "Not Since Ninevah."

    Vincente Minnelli's indifferent direction mars this Arabian Knights musical adapted from the stage hit; the score (based on Borodin's music) is still quite lovely, including song hits such as "Stranger in Paradise," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," and "Not Since Ninevah."

  • Jan 28, 2017

    Glorious colourful meaningless musical that none of you will enjoy.

    Glorious colourful meaningless musical that none of you will enjoy.

  • Mar 25, 2016

    WOW.....WOW....SUCH AN ENJOYABLE MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A FANTASTIC CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A FANTASTIC MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A BRILLIANT CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE....... ITS GOT SUCH A FANTASTIC SOUNDTRACK THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A BRILLIANT MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH A BRILLIANT CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE........

    WOW.....WOW....SUCH AN ENJOYABLE MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A FANTASTIC CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A FANTASTIC MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A BRILLIANT CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE....... ITS GOT SUCH A FANTASTIC SOUNDTRACK THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A BRILLIANT MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH A BRILLIANT CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE........

  • Oct 10, 2014

    It feels ancient. Everything about it is boring. As somebody who typically loves movie musicals and Howard Keel, I was disappointed. (First and only viewing - 11/11/2014)

    It feels ancient. Everything about it is boring. As somebody who typically loves movie musicals and Howard Keel, I was disappointed. (First and only viewing - 11/11/2014)

  • Jul 31, 2014

    A passably enjoyable musical ... light and entertaining, but with no real memorable songs and uniteresting choreography. Howard Keel and Sebastian Cabot are engaging, but the rest of the cast are utterly forgettable.

    A passably enjoyable musical ... light and entertaining, but with no real memorable songs and uniteresting choreography. Howard Keel and Sebastian Cabot are engaging, but the rest of the cast are utterly forgettable.

  • May 31, 2014

    Lively sound-stage musical version of the Middle-Eastern story with a very familiar production style for films of this type from this era.

    Lively sound-stage musical version of the Middle-Eastern story with a very familiar production style for films of this type from this era.

  • May 29, 2014

    It is the music that saves this movie from being a complete disaster as the dialogue is lack-lustre and wooden, declaimed without feeling by a cast who should know better. Even though it is a musical, there's no excuse for lines to be delivered with such little feeling. The setting is lavish and colourful, exactly what you'd expect from a 1950s Hollywood vision of old Baghdad. With tunes based on the music of Borodin's opera "Prince Igor" and other themes there are some big-hitter songs such as "Stranger in Paradise", "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" and "This is My Beloved". Howard Keel is somewhat charmless in the lead role as quick-thinking poet who's run of good luck and fortune leads those around him to believe he's a wizard with magical powers. His daughter, Ann Blyth unknowingly falls for the local Caliph Vic Damone to provide the necessary, squeaky clean and wholesome love interest while it is Sebastian Cabot as the scheming, underhand Wazir and his vampish wife, played by the all lips and legs Delores Gray, that actually steal this movie. This is not one of Vincente Minnelli's finest films and it did somewhat bomb at the box office, perhaps because there had already been several versions of this same story (one starring Marlene Dietrich) in the past. Today it appears gaudy, over-exposed and not terribly politically correct. It doesn't really do the musical genre many favours and is probably one for diehard fans only.

    It is the music that saves this movie from being a complete disaster as the dialogue is lack-lustre and wooden, declaimed without feeling by a cast who should know better. Even though it is a musical, there's no excuse for lines to be delivered with such little feeling. The setting is lavish and colourful, exactly what you'd expect from a 1950s Hollywood vision of old Baghdad. With tunes based on the music of Borodin's opera "Prince Igor" and other themes there are some big-hitter songs such as "Stranger in Paradise", "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" and "This is My Beloved". Howard Keel is somewhat charmless in the lead role as quick-thinking poet who's run of good luck and fortune leads those around him to believe he's a wizard with magical powers. His daughter, Ann Blyth unknowingly falls for the local Caliph Vic Damone to provide the necessary, squeaky clean and wholesome love interest while it is Sebastian Cabot as the scheming, underhand Wazir and his vampish wife, played by the all lips and legs Delores Gray, that actually steal this movie. This is not one of Vincente Minnelli's finest films and it did somewhat bomb at the box office, perhaps because there had already been several versions of this same story (one starring Marlene Dietrich) in the past. Today it appears gaudy, over-exposed and not terribly politically correct. It doesn't really do the musical genre many favours and is probably one for diehard fans only.