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|Gold Diggers of 1935|
Director: Busby Berkeley
Genres: Classics, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
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A Visual Masterpiece!
Evan Stern | 09/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I make no apologies for saying that Busby Berkeley's incredible sequence to "The Lullaby of Broadway" is one of the most beautiful, chilling, and exuberant moments in the history of American cinema. Not only is the number amazing from a visual standpoint, but is a fantastic illustration of urban isolationism, and attitudes of "The Great Depression." Dreamlike and hypnotic, the song easily seduces the moviegoer as its short character study takes flight, then leaves its viewers in a bizare state of discomfort as its story takes an abrupt and disturbing turn. I know it's cliched, but they really don't make 'em quite like this anymore!"
Making A Buck (Or More)
James L. | 07/29/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first hour or so of this film sets up the plot. Dick Powell is hired by wealthy but cheap Alice Brady to chaperone... It seems like everyone is out to make or save a buck in this film, often with comedic results. But this film isn't famous for the plot. It's the musical numbers that make up the last third of the film that you will remember. There's one involving a huge number of showgirls playing pianos that revolve and move around the stage exactly like you would expect in a Busby Berkelely musical. The second number is for the famous song "Lullaby of Broadway", which Berkeley presents with great drama, pushing back all the boundaries. As a rule, I don't much like musicals, but the sheer visual imagination of these numbers kept my attention. There's nothing else like them. As for the actors, they do what they did so well in so many of the Warner Brothers' musicals and comedies of the Thirties. Forget the ridiculous plot and concentrate on the spectacle and professionalism of all involved."
Listen to the Lullaby of Old Broadway!
James L. | 03/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, the story is a cliche from start to finish and the acting is "thirties" overkill. That's not what any movie buff is interested in. The only reason this film is remembered, and it's a doozy of a reason, is the 13-plus minutes of "Lullaby of Broadway". This "film-within-a-film", as it were, is a hypnotic, visually billiant, and shockingly original musical number like none that has ever appeared on the screen. Its story of the life and death of a New York goodtime gal is thrillingly, cleverly rendered and ultimately achieves the impact of both moving and haunting the viewer. The most awesome and eerie part of the spectacle is the synchronized dancing of dozens of chorines and chorus boys, to the manacing strains of "Lullaby...". The effect is a curious mix of excitement and dread, just right for what's coming ahead. The number never fails to achieve maximum impact, and it's so unusual that it is worth the price of admission and deserves its lofty status. Listen to the lullaby...again and again."
Surrender to it
Usonian33 | United States | 12/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You really need to warm up to GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935. It is essentially a B-movie comedy that was somehow blessed with the best production number of any Hollywood musical--but that's waaaay at the end. If you resist the temptation to fast-foward to the Busby Berekeley numbers, and surrender to the general nuttiness, you'll find the movie is actually pretty funny. Alice Brady, Adolphe Menjou and the fabulous Glenda Farrell are excellent, and even Dick Powell isn't so bad here. Gloria Stuart (of TITANIC fame) has a memorable line:
Hugh Herbert: "Put her to bed with a hot water bottle."
Stuart: "That'll be more fun than I've had in ages."
Also, listen to the orchestrations during the musical numbers. They are first-class arrangements. I cannot even listen to any other version of "Lullaby of Broadway" except the one Wini Shaw sings here--it is the definitive rendition.
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