Friday, December 14, 2007

Kiss Me Kate (George Sydney, 1953)

***½
USA



Limp backstage farce about the staging of a musical version of "The Taming of the Shrew" serves - and often takes far too long - to connect the numbers. But the numbers are worth the patience: Ann Miller, who's patently delighted to be part of the show and whose delight is catching, gets to hypnotise you with her legs in "Too Darn Hot"; she joins up with the very stylish Tommy Rall on "Why Can't You Behave?"; non-singers and non-dancers Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore have terrific fun with their shortcomings in "Brush Up Your Shakespeare"; and, most strikingly, there is cinema's first glimpse of the Bob Fosse style still in its formative stages but already electrifying (particularly in this context) in the climactic "From This Moment on".

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