Thanks for letting me take part Zoe!
“You have a warm smile. That’s even rarer.” – Sigmund Romberg
Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Biopic of the composer of some very popular Ziegfeld musical hits Sigmund Romberg.
My Take on it – When I heard about this blogathon, I knew very little about the Ziegfeld cast and story and chose three different aspects of things in order to learn more about the entire system.
My second choice was the biopic of Ziegfeld musician, choreographer, composer and songwriter Sigmund Romberg.
As with the other two films that I chose for this blogathon, I knew nothing about them going in and was quite curious to watch them.
This movie actually gives us a very intriguing view of the way that the Ziegfeld sows were put together but it is slightly foiled by the fact that they chose to use this movie as a platform to give us as many cameos of MGM stars instead of focusing solely on the life of Romberg.
Jose Ferrer is great in the lead role and shows us that he is quite an accomplished actor since he is able to play the various parts that Romberg was able to do in his multi capacities as an artist.
This adds much more realism to the story and helps make things even more enjoyable to watch unfold.
This film does fall into the same pitfall that many other topics run into when trying to give us an overview of someones life.
The story isn’t focused enough on specific parts of his life and instead spread the wealth over quite a large span of time.
This makes certain scenes feel much too rushed and somewhat incomplete because they seem to try to cram in as much information as possible here.
The cameo gimmick of this film is quite apparent throughout, yet, even for someone like myself who isn’t as familiar with all of the MGM stars of the time, it was quite interesting to see some of pop up even for just a few short moments.
I have no doubt that those more familiar with these stars will enjoy the long procession of stars even more.
Bottom Line – Very interesting idea that is foiled by the fact that they chose to use this as a platform for giving cameos to so many stars. Ferrer does a wonderful job in the lead role and is able to perform the various tasks that Romberg was able to accomplish and that helps make things a bit more enjoyable because it seems so realistic. As with most of these kind of biopics part of the problem is trying to tell such a story that spans a vast amount of time while trying to tell the story in segments. This ultimately makes things feel a bit too rushed which hurts things a bit. Despite it feeling like a gimmick, the cameos are great and for even with my minimal knowledge of some of the stars that appear, it was quite fun to see them show up. There is no doubt that those more familiar with these actors would enjoy it even more.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the Mr. and Mrs. number José Ferrer was actually singing and dancing with his then-wife Rosemary Clooney, who was pregnant at the time. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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