Thursday, March 15, 2012
As you know, my friends, I rarely watch a movie made after 1965. I occasionally make an exception, which is how De-Lovely, a musical starring Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd, ended up at the top of my Netflix queue. It's about the life and unusual partnership of Cole and Linda Porter.
Before you young folks hop on the comments and say "Who is Cole Porter?" and I have to lay on my chaise longue and sniff smelling salts, Cole Porter was a composer and songwriter who wrote musical scores for Broadway and Hollywood from the 1920s to the 1950s. If you think you don't know any of his songs, watch the movie anyway -- I think you'll be surprised.
The film includes musical performances by Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, and many more. But for me, the showstopper was Alanis Morissette's rendition of "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love."
Set in Paris, Venice, and New York in the Jazz Age and Hollywood in its heyday, the De-Lovely is a feast for the eyes and the ears. I thoroughly enjoyed it.