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Lavish biography of Flo Ziegfeld, the producer who became Broadway's biggest starmaker.
Lavish biography of Flo Ziegfeld, the producer who became Broadway's biggest starmaker.
William Powell Myrna Loy Luise Rainer Frank Morgan Fanny Brice Virginia Bruce Reginald Owen Ray Bolger Ernest Cossart Joseph Cawthorn Nat Pendleton Dennis Morgan Marcelle Corday Robert Greig Harriet Hoctor Jean Chatburn Paul Irving Herman Bing Charles Judels Raymond Walburn A.A. Trimble Buddy Doyle Wallis Clark
Ziegfeld - O Criador de Estrelas, El Gran Ziegfeld, 위대한 지그펠드
MGM really trying to show off how rich they were, huh?
The Great Ziegfeld was a movie I actually liked. While it may drag and become overlong, I found a lot of charm in it and was fairly impressed. The production and costume design are seriously incredible. Honestly, some of the best I’ve seen from that era. They beautifully express the feeling of Florenz Ziegfeld, his career and the vast amount he had. The dance sequences and overall direction of the film feels huge and organized. The performance from William Powell is pretty good. Although a bit wooden and stiff, his performance was used appropriately. It’s Luise Rainer who actually stole the show. Sure, she may not have been in…
If they managed to edit this down to a respectable hour and a half, or like two hours, this could have been a classic. Instead, at just under three hours, it's over-bloated and I've never heard a single person talk about it.
Oh and the minstrel show scenes were jarring in the worst way possible.
Turns out... Ziegfeld was pretty fucking average.
The greatest three star film there ever was.
The Great Ziegfeld has grand problems, namely being overlong, lacking in substance and dramatic structure, and failing to convince and land the jokes as well as it might like. Not to mention, the story beats are too familiar to set the overall story apart. In effect, the evolution of cinematic standards has been unkind. But it does succeed as a grand spectacle, with one sequence from 75-100 minutes (particularly the 'Wedding Cake' take) that will yank you into the clouds as effectively as Disney ever could. In fact, I'm surprised this doesn't get more rotation as a silly season re-run staple in the background to help drone out those bloated afternoons and…
William Powell gives another great performance playing the biggest Broadway’s impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. This film is basically a fictional biography based around Flo and his talent for turning women into stars. I can see how this won Best Picture at the Oscars but for a 3 hour film with a story that isn’t as grand as it plays out to be is sort of underwhelming.
The performances are all fantastic and the story moves fairly well between each woman Flo gets attached to. Other than William no other performances stand out. We see the trials he face by going completely broke on and off for the sake of the show and his own ambitions but it kinda gets repetitive…
1937’s Best Picture winner spices up a pretty standard, uncomplicated biopic with several extravagant musical numbers. The film attempts to echo Busby Berkeley’s magnificent choreography from earlier Warner Brothers hits like 42nd Street and the Gold Diggers movies, and although it can’t match his creativity or precision, it overcompensates with some of the most excessive sets and costumes ever committed to film. The biographical dramatics lack the narrative energy of other 1930s musicals, and grow irritatingly repetitive over the three-hour runtime without offering much intrigue or emotion. The overall result is a bloated, overlong project with insane peaks to break up the remaining monotony.
i’ve finally watched every film that has won the oscar for best picture! i was procrastinating over exams a couple years ago and decided to start binge-watching them instead of revising. who cares if i failed science when it started my love of cinema!
i thought, what better way to end this than with a three hour film from the thirties where lavish and gaudy performances are favoured over actual plot. in many ways, this sums up what kind of films the academy historically favour for the best picture award. so many films like this have underwhelmed me, and i assumed the great ziegfeld would be the same. but it’s very enjoyable, lots of fun and anything with william powell in is immediately endearing. overall, not a bad way to finish!
find my ranking of all 92 winners here
So many ostrich plumes. .... I've always been of the opinion that if a ton of money is going to be spent on a movie then it should show up on the screen, not in the bank account of some overrated movie star. It's definitely seen in this Best Picture winner about the master showman Florenz Ziegfeld, played ably by William Powell.
There's a scene right before the intermission, a massive musical number with a towering, rotating wedding cake, that was truly unlike anything I've seen before. I was wowed. The full film, alas, falls well short of a wow. At just over three hours long, it drags, not having a terribly compelling story to tell. Despite a bevy of…
Although the production design is through the roof, and perhaps the only good thing about the film, along with the scene where Ziegfeld dies as the rose he is holding slips through his fingers, The Great Ziegfeld is a three-hour borefest.
It is also a great example of the type of biopic that was made during the Golden Age of Hollywood: geniuses with unorthodox ideas. I tend not to like these types of biopics, because it apotheosizes the individual rather than showing any real human flaws.
I think I would have enjoyed this film more if it was shorter. It certainly becomes a chore after the first hour and you still have two more to go.
The cast is terrific with incredible actors such as William Powell and Myrna Loy. They both are really great in this film although Loy is hardly in it. Luise Rainer won the award for best actress for this film. She was very good with her character, who I did not like, but I have to give credit where it is due. There is one scene with her where she is simply magnificent. She is also an interesting Hollywood story, that she won back…
My second-born son, now 22, bought us a box set of 20 musicals for Christmas. I put this one in because a few nights ago we only had a short time and most of these old movies run about an hour and a half. Well, The Great Ziegfeld runs over three hours! So we watched it over two nights. Lots of musical numbers from Florence Ziegfeld's stage productions that went on for quite a while. I feel like this was made mostly for those who remember him and his shows, even though, as Wikipedia says, "The script...did show some accuracies in the life of Ziegfeld." The implication being that there are A LOT of inaccuracies. They kind of portray Ziegfeld…
I think I’ve just found a true love for Luise Rainer, cause while this film isn’t the best... she shines the whole way through, giving us a captivating performance of true, and raw emotion. Sinking every piece of dialogue, with her talent, and mixing it together to make a convincing story. I truly do need to find more of her work, cause this, and The Good Earth are the only ones I’m pretty sure I’ve seen of her, cause so far... SHE’S PERFECT!!
🔙The Great Ziegfeld
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This movie is really long, but much of that time is spent in production numbers. It is fun seeing Fannie Brice and (a pre-Wizard of Oz) Ray Bolger.
Awards: Oscars-Best Picture; Best Actress (Luise Rainer); Best Dance Direction (Seymour Felix); + 4 nominations
New York Film Critics-Best Actress
Too boring, too long, too all the worst things about 1930s Hollywood
The 30s really were not a great decade for Best Picture winners were they
I think I need help. I've been corrupted by internet culture so much that when a character said "You are the imposter!" I immediately said "Sus."
About the film itself, it's kinda good but it is way too long. Not only that, but it is so repetitive that I found myself bored a lot. I could see how people could love this, especially given the spiral staircase scene, but this did not work for me.
Checked this out because it won the Best Picture Oscar for the year 1936. It has its moments. The entire musical number set around a large wedding cake is great spectacle. The always entertaining William Powell is good in the title role. The three hour running time and a flimsy script ultimately is what cripples the film.
If they still made movies like this, I would watch more TV.
Nothing 'great' about this overblown heap of dung. I once trod on a plug which was more pleasurable than watching this, and have now experienced what it's like to yawn for 3 hours straight. Half a star given for William Powell, but the rest can rot like an unwanted mattress dumped in a skip.
with a touch of blackface!
The first half was fairly engaging but then it switched to non-stop 💰 💰 💰 production numbers. I would like to see this edited down to about 85 minutes and it would probably be really enjoyable!
Of interest to costume designers only these days, I suspect.
the revue stuff is terrific, it's at a scale i've not seen in any of these before, but the biopic of it all, though it's well done and streets ahead of something like Disraeli, still has no business being 3 hours long
that said, modern hollywood would never put multiple full, lengthy revue sequences in a movie, and to modern hollywood i say,
cowards, cowards, cowards, all of you
The few big numbers are impressive to be sure, but otherwise this is pretty boring. Seems content to tick off big moments in his life. They set up how he bets he’s going to have 4 Broadway hits at once, and then doesn’t show any details of how he got there. I mean, one would imagine there’s a lot of drama in a supposed old wash up making a comeback. But this movie isn’t interested.
The makers of this Oscar-winning tribute/biography of famed showman and theatrical impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. (Powell) spared no expense—or foot of celluloid—in bringing this inexcusably bloated production to the big screen (at just shy of three hours, it was the longest talkie ever seen at the time of its release). The squishy script lacks insight, and the protagonist’s relationships with the two main ladies in his life (Anna Held, played by Rainer; Billie Burke, played by Loy) hold little spark or emotional stake. Powell’s silky ambition works for the role, but the audience is kept at arm’s length, observing but never understanding his hollow ambition of putting on the biggest show imaginable. Extravagant music numbers favor grandiosity over excitement; the…
Death to all directors who decide to make their movies three hours long
I'm gonna reiterate what everyone else has said about this, its too long. Showing us one or two Broadway revue sequences is fun enough, but there is far too many that it becomes exhausting. It just feels like the film is showing off.
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