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Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 22 September 1945 (USA)
George Gershwin is a driven composer whose need to succeed destroys his relationship with singer Julie Adams and socialite Christine Gilbert.

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Cast

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Christine Gilbert
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Max Dreyfus
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Lee Gershwin
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Prof. Franck
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Morris Gershwin
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Rose Gershwin
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Oscar Levant
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Al Jolson
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Composer George Gershwin is driven by his need to succeed. Unfortunately his drive destroys his romantic relationships with singer Julie Adams, who is desperately in love with him, and aloof socialite Christine Gilbert. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The jubilant story of George Gershwin.


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22 September 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rapsodia en azul  »

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| (with overture)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gershwin's tumor was diagnosed as glioblastoma multiforme at the time, but as he complained of "smelling rubber" date back to 1934, most specialists today agree that he actually suffered from pilocytic astrocytoma, which would have caused that symptom so early. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits say "Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin", when in fact George wrote the music and Ira wrote the lyrics. DuBose Heyward, who wrote the lyrics to "Summertime", is not credited. See more »

Quotes

Julie Adams: What if this show is a flop?
George Gershwin: We'll do others. I haven't got time for flops.
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Connections

Featured in Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime
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Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by DuBose Heyward
Sung by Anne Brown and Chorus
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Less a bio-pic, more a great tribute to the great Gershwin.
31 July 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Thank God the film-makers trusted in the power of Gershwin's music to allow almost complete versions of the title composition, and "An American in Paris" to be included in the film - as well as many complete songs. All the music is superbly orchestrated and the songs sung beautifully by a wide variety of artists, many of whom were really the first artists to sing them. The film is excellently directed and photographed, with musical scenes well realised visually. The montage of Gershwin wandering about Paris as we hear "An American In Paris" is excellent - and the use of lights and shadows to film the orchestra playing "Rhapsody in Blue" is magnificent - would that contemporary films of orchestras were this imaginative.

Yes I know it is largely fiction - but so what? This is a tribute, not a documentary. And Alda is fine in the lead, backed by an excellent supporting cast. I loved this film from start to finish.


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