De-Lovely is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, filled with his unforgettable songs. In the film, Porter is looking back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through elaborate production numbers and popular hits like "Anything Goes," "It's De-Lovely," and "Night and Day," Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light - including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter. Written by
Linda Porter was 8 to 14 years older than Cole, depending on the biography cited. Ashley Judd is 20 years, 5 months, 4 weeks, and 3 days younger than Kevin Kline. See more »
In the finale scene where Cole is hugging the children, the order of the kids changes with the different angles (the girl skips between the right side and the centre). See more »
Linda, what were you thinking? You couldn't have lost it.
I had hoped not.
What do you mean?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Definitively nothing. Shall we go? I'd hate to compound the felony by making us late for the party, that would be something too hard to b-
[stands up and gasps]
Nothing, it's just a little thing. Not like missing an opening night or a party, just a little thing that... stopped growing.
Oh, my sweet girl. I'm so sorry.
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This biography soars toward the Academy Awards on the backs of its producer, director and actors. Kevin Kline proves you don't have to look like the "Real Person" to bring his spirit to life and Ashley Judd (contrary to some unfair and plain wrong reviews) gives us a strong Linda Porter, a complex and vulnerable Linda Porter who, as is usually the case, finally succumbs to her life choices with an uncommon grace and courage.
Those people in the audience who had no idea about Mr. Porter's sexual preference, oh'd and ah'd in the beginning. Then they learned that all the talent in the world, all the money in the world, all the joyous hedonism of youth in the world - all of it falls in upon itself as age overcomes and destroys the arrogance of youth.
Irwin Winkler has given us an unflinching portrait of an unusually talented man, an unusual life, and a painful end to that life.
My palms were ice cold and I felt drained as this film concluded - not because it failed as a project, but because it succeeded so well.
DE-LOVELY is not an easy movie but it is a brilliant one.
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