Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Eddy Duchin Story|
Actors: Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw, James Whitmore, Rex Thompson
Director: George Sidney
Genres: Classics, Drama, Educational
No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: UN Release Date: 16-JUL-2002 Media Type: DVD
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Beautiful Music, Lovely Old NYC, Great Story!
Coleen | Down in the alley | 04/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw this as a rental, and immediately after watching it I searched Amazon for the authentic Original Soundtrack and found it! - a "Like New" CD from Japan. (Be warned: The CD, "The Eddie Duchin Story" is NOT the soundtrack to this movie. On the real soundtrack, Carmen Cavallaro plays the piano - you can find it by doing a search on the Song, "Dizzy Fingers"). Then, I ordered this DVD!! I KNEW I'd want to watch it again and again through the years! Tyrone Power is GREAT as pianist, Eddie Duchin. Kim Novak is excellent as his first wife. I didn't catch who plays his son, but he's wonderful, in spite of his British accent(!) Filmed on location in NYC in the 1950's, Manhattan is absolutely beautiful. The story has plenty of teary-eyed moments, but the real star of the show, however, is the MUSIC. It's unique and delightful music! When I rented it, I watched it twice, the second time immediately after the first, because I HAD to hear that enchanting music again. Buy the DVD, then look for the The Soundtrack Album (imported from Japan - I paid 23 dollars for mine, but it is worth every cent)! If you can't find the CD, there's music a-plenty on the DVD! Highly recommended!
A CULTURAL GEM
Robert E. Henry | Hopewell, NJ USA | 03/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is a peculiar irony in the necessity of producing a movie depicting civilized culture during a time when culture was still civilized. It no longer is. The barbarians are no longer at the gates, they occupy the essential seats of power. This sensitive, riveting look at a real-life musician sensation is polished, enjoyable moviemaking at its best. It is the account of a gifted man pursuing The Good Life, only to find that attaining one's dreams/ambitions is only the first layer of real life - a layer that paradoxically must be shed if life's core is to be attained. The protagonist of this epic runs headlong into life's limitations laid on him by God, circumstance and his own limited vision of happiness and love."The Eddy Duchin Story" has a universal quality about it in its theme of recognizing, then reconciling oneself to, the "plot" of one's own mysterious life. And like another moving classic, "The Razor's Edge," Tyrone Power masterfully portrays the hero of an elusive chase for joy and meaning in life, and the discovery that mature happiness lay in wait for us beyond the shattered dreams of our youth. It helps that the protagonist really lived, so that we feel this film goes beyond mere idle artistic speculation. We also feel the intrinsic fascination toward a celebrity of soaring talent who has captured the acclaim of Society in his day.The entertainment value of the film is fully equal to its message. The breathtaking popular music permeating the movie is anything but gratuitous, woven logically and elegantly into the story line. The casting, the beautiful uptown Manhattan setting, and the script are cobbled together well, and the generous length of the film is just right here - we want to spend time watching this plot sort itself out, yet the film never drags.TRANSLATION: kick back for the night with the ones you love - I saw this one when my parents brought me to the theater as a young boy, and I in turn treated my family to it now - get a handkerchief ready at hand, turn out the lights, bring out the popcorn, plug in "The Eddy Duchin Story" ... and bring on Entertainment with a capital "E". Oh yes, and bring out the cliché, "They don't make 'em like they used to." In this case, sadly, "they" could not - this film was made shortly before America had lost its culture, and now it's a case of "all the king's horses..." Today's Hollywood could no more produce a heartfelt, cultured drama like "The Eddy Duchin Story" than today's music industry could yield another Mozart symphony. It is a singular cinematic treasure. We are fortunate to have it in our archives, if not in our active entertainment industry capabilities."
Beverly J. Scott | Ankeny, IA USA | 05/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've watched this video over and over. The music in "The Eddy Duchin Story" comprises many of my all time favorites and includes a version of Chop-Sticks that you want to rewind and watch again. The story isn't bad either, it can drive you to tears. A great buy.
Beverly J Scott author of Righteous Revenge"
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William Combs | Omaha, Nebraska | 11/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The movie was and is a definitive of the music of the time.I grew up listening to music from many eras and Eddy Duchin seems to have presented himself well for the time. Tyrone Power portrays what had to be a hard part to play. The loss of Mr. Duchin's wife and his early alienation of his son is well acted. I did not know much about the man but listening and watching this movie is more than a filling story.The music and storyline is well done. I'd like to see Hollywood look into more stories like this and even remakes of great stories portraying musicians that brought joy and music to all our ears."