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The best musical movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung: All of You!
Half as funny as the original, but it seems they had to sacrifice something to make some of the musical numbers work. Astaire is certainly aging - you can tell be how much of the dance bits he spends stretching out on the floor. Charisse is fantastic when she finally dances. A shame that Lorre's funnies bit is his dance, as he could be hilarious in other films. The best lines from the original are preserved, but seem to have been lost in the timing. Still, there are a few moments in the dance scenes that are worth watching.
Cole Porter's Broadway hit musical adaptation of Ninotchka was transferred to the screen by MGM and director Rouben Mamoulian with the emphasis on dance, and with Astaire & Charisse as the stars, the change works quite well; Janis Paige almost steals the show as a former swimming star a la Esther Williams, and her number "Satin & Silk" is a pure delight; other musical highlights include Cyd's ballet to "Silk Stockings," Astaire and Paige's "Stereophonic Sound," and Astaire and Charisse's duet to "All of You."
One of Fred Astaire's best films. While it might be his work with Ginger Rogers that has entered the pantheon of film, It's his later pairings that I actually find more enjoyable, and this particular one is the best. Cyd Charisse is not only a fine dancer, but a great actress and comedienne. This is a great script and a great production that's out loud funny and greatly entertaining.
Not one of my favorite Fred movies... Next.
Cold war musical poking fun of popular perceptions of Russia at the time. The story works and the numerous numbers are decent, although it's only when Fred dances does it really come alive.
didn't like the communist jokes .... but loved the movie none the less
Surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. A very sexy movie (and musical) for the mid '50s. Cyd Charisse was very beautiful, and it helped that the script was based on Ninotchka. Astaire is solid as usual, but it's Charisse who really shines in this.
Cyd Charisse was Fred's best dancing partner in film, only Barrie Chase from his NBC TV specials was more talented. Outstanding Cole Porter score.
musical version of garbo's 'ninotchka'