Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 331: Wed Nov 27

DuBarry Was a Lady (Del Ruth, 1943): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.50pm

This 35mm presentation is part of the BFI musicals season (details here). The screening on a 35mm Technicolor dye transfer print from the BFI National Archive.

Chicago Reader review:
Cole Porter's 1930 Broadway hit as filmed in 1943 by MGM, with Red Skelton and Lucille Ball taking over for Bert Lahr and Ethel Merman. Porter had his usual Hollywood bad luck, with many of his songs cut or turned into background music, but Roy Del Ruth's direction has a sloppy, burlesque vitality and the Technicolor photography (by the great Karl Freund) is good, garish fun. With Gene Kelly, Virginia O'Brien, Donald Meek, and, in his first film, Zero Mostel; the dance numbers were directed by Charles Walters.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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