Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly!
  • 1969
  • USA
  • 2h 19min
  • U
  • Directed by: Gene Kelly
  • Written by: Ernest Lehman
  • Cast: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Louis Armstrong

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Harshly reviewed in the era of Easy Rider and MASH, *Hello, Dolly! just keeps improving with age and now looks like the last of the great old school Hollywood musicals. Gene Kelly proves himself a masterful director expertly juggling the pressures of a hefty studio budget, the expectations built by a legendary Broadway show and a volatile star team of Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau who famously did not become bosom buddies. None of the off-screen tales matter as the film is a lavish, spirited spectacle with show-stopping numbers, a scene-stealing Michael Crawford as Barnaby and Louis Armstrong joining the party for a rousing rendition of the title tune. Look at the old girl now fellas!. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: Gene Kelly: Strictly Song and Dance.

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Glasgow Film Festival: Why I love Gene Kelly

3 Feb 2012

Miles Fielder makes a song and dance about the charismatic movie star

For a film lover who hates musicals (this writer), the GFF’s Gene Kelly retrospective ought to be a hard sell. Telling stories through song and dance, Kelly’s forte (the latter of which endeavours earned him a special Oscar in 1951), is anathema to this…

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