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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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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

Clifford Odets wanted Cary Grant, a friend of George Gershwin for the lead. Irving Rapper felt he 'wasn't American enough'. See more »

Goofs

While Max is making drinks at George's welcome home party he has his cigar in his right hand and puts it down. Switch to a behind shot and he has the cigar in his left hand on the soda bottle. Switch to a front shot and the cigar is now in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

George Gershwin: Chris, you will come to New York?
Christine Gilbert: It would serve you right if I did.
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Connections

Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man I Love
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Hazel Scott
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Great Music
31 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film presents many Gershwin tunes in great fashion with several great settings and great production numbers. Yes, it's unfortunate that the story line is so heavily fictionalized and even misleading. But, the sets are honest to the periods covered, several sequences are very tastefully done and fun, the show excerpts are good, and did I mention the music? As several other commentators have indicated, the music is faithfully recreated in long segments that bring you much or all of the tune.

If you come to this film to hear some wonderful Gershwin performed by some great artists staged with a lot of character and splash (my favorite set is Hazel Scott's Paris show), you won't be disappointed. The story line is simply a convenient string to tie together the thread of music.


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