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Most Helpful Favorable Review

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A Winner

A first-class production of the great stage musical. The orchestrations have never sounded so gorgeous and lush, and the cinematography is breathtaking. Mitzi Gaynor is terrific as Nelly Forbush, and Rozanno Brazzi does a very good job of mouthing Giorgio Tozzi's heartf...
A first-class production of the great stage musical. The orchestrations have never sounded so gorgeous and lush, and the cinematography is breathtaking. Mitzi Gaynor is terrific as Nelly Forbush, and Rozanno Brazzi does a very good job of mouthing Giorgio Tozzi's heartfelt singing, and is an appealing Emille DeBeque. I will never understand why some folks are so nasty about Ms. Gaynor's performance, as I thought she was sensational in a very difficult role. Juanita Hall is an unforgettable Bloody Mary. As every South Pacific critic points out, the colored filters were a mistake. But I don't let them spoil what is a very beautiful and moving story, splendidly filmed, about our ability to overcome bigotry against other races. When the film was released in 1958, its theme was very ahead of its time, as the American civil rights movement had yet to take place. To me at least, a treasure of a film, one that is in many ways almost as mysterious in the magic it works over you as Bali Hai itself.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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Should have been great....

This 1958 film adaptation of the landmark 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway smash is one of Hollywood's biggest disappointments. Overblown and overlong, the film suffers in two departments: the annoying smoky cinematography in the musical numbers and the casting ...
This 1958 film adaptation of the landmark 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway smash is one of Hollywood's biggest disappointments. Overblown and overlong, the film suffers in two departments: the annoying smoky cinematography in the musical numbers and the casting of Mitzi Gaynor in the pivotal role of Nellie Bush. Gaynor is a talented singer/dancer, but she is just not charismatic enough to carry this elephantine film production. Rosanno Brazzi, John Kerr, and Juanita Hall (repeating her Tony awarding role as Bloody Mary) are all fine and the singing of all three is beautifully dubbed). The R&H musical score is the most exquisite of all their collaborations, so buy the CD soundtrack instead, kick back, and be mesmerized.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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