The Great Ziegfeld

The Great Ziegfeld

DVD - 2004
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Ziegfeld is a theatrical impresario, whose show business empire begins when he stage-manages a tour for a strongman. With almost no money in the bank, he charms European stage star Anna Held to headline his "Follies". From 1907, Ziegfeld stages annual editions of Broadway's most fabulous revue. Eventually, Ziegfeld abandons Anna in favor of other beauties. Ziegfeld comes to realize that his new romance with Follies-girl Audrey Dane, is all wrong, settling instead for good-natured actress Billie Burke. Bankrupted by the Depression, Ziegfeld dies as he plans a spectacular comeback.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2004]
ISBN: 9780790745190
Branch Call Number: DVD GREAT Z
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 186 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned


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Mar 14, 2016

GREAT 1936 movie tribute to man who was center stage in the development of vaudeville/Broadway show biz. The movie gloriously celebrates stage shows and creatively uses camera/film techniques (instantly changing point of view, going from distance to closeup, and a lot, lot more).
Somewhat ironic, that the movie industry became the biggest threat to live stage shows. People began using their entertainment dollars just on movies and many stage shows died from overwhelming business problems.
I really enjoyed the movie's dramatic staging, costuming, dancing, etc. - and film work, too!

rufus_red4 Jan 24, 2015

This film did not date very well. It's way to long, overwritten and often dull. I turned it off after 2 hours, I didn't care enough to finish it. I can understand film history buffs being interested for it's historical context but everyone else will be bored to tears.

Jan 21, 2014

Released in 1936, this film is one of the biggest successes in the 1930s.
It is supposed to be a standard in musical film making.
As a matter of fact, it won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture for producer Hunt Stromberg, Best Actress for Louise Rainer, and Best Dance Direction for Seymour Felix.
Since then, however, it seems to have become a glory in the film industry.
To the eyes of the present-day movie-goers, it looks excessively showy and unreasonably long---185 minutes.
The DVD includes the 13-minute documentary "Ziegfred on Film" made in 2002.
It shows Luise Rainer who remained the only actress
in history to have won the Best Acrtress Oscar two years in a row until Katherine Hepburn, who won it in 1967 and 1968.
Born in Janusary 1910, Luise Rainer still lives now.
As of January 2014, she is 104 years old. Amazing!

Dec 28, 2013

extraordinary production numbers liven up this long black and white biography of Florenz Ziegfeld, with guest appearances by Fanny Brice and Ray Bolger, Luise Rainer won an Oscar for playing Ziegfeld's first wife, Anna Held, magnificently, watch for her roots in silent movies


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