As the 100 members of the MGM Symphony Orchestra take their seats, an off-screen narrator introduces the music and provides the credits to the cinematographer, editor, and sound supervisor. The music is Otto Nicolai's "Overature to the Merry Wives of Windsor," conducted by Johnny Green in the MGM Concert Hall. Green and the other men are in white tie and tails, the four women are in black. Most of the film consists of long takes, slow pans, some camera movement including crane shots, as well as zooming slowly out and in. Green conducts, the orchestra plays, and the film ends. Written by
Oscar-winning short from MGM was one of their earliest examples of showing off their Symphony Orchestra led by the talented Johnny Green. Otto Nicolai's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" has the one-hundred plus piece orchestra doing some of their best work as the unknown director sits back and delivers one of the best looking visual shorts out there. This short was shot in Cinemascope and goes to about 2.55:1 and is a real treat on the eye. Green calmly leads the group and the camera goes in, out and side to side as it tries to capture the beauty of all the instruments. The music itself is great and Green perfectly handles everything and delivers a fine performance of the song. This is the fourth or fifth short I've seen featuring him and he's been impressive each time out. The beautiful visuals and wonderful music make it easy to understand why this thing walked away with an Oscar.
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