Florence Foster Jenkins, an heiress from NYC, always wanted to be a concert pianist and play Carnegie Hall. An injury in her youth deterred that dream, so she sets out to sing her way to Carnegie Hall, knowing the only way to get there would be, "Practice, practice, practice". Her husband supports her venture, and Florence Foster Jenkins' performance at Carnegie Hall becomes a truly historic event.Written by
Although commonly used now, when used for solo performers at that time "bravo" would only apply to men. The correct word would be the feminine "brava". See more »
About an hour into the film, Hugh Grant (St. Clair) was out and about
in the middle of the night. In one scene, we note one of the nearby
establishments was "open", as we can clearly see by the bright,
red/blue rectangular "open" neon sign over his shoulder. Although a familiar
electric sign is commonly used today by stores and bars, flashy "open" neon signs were just
not used in the 30s, 40s and 50s. See more »
This is the most surprising film ever. You know it is about a woman who can't sing for toffee but who hosts huge concerts to not exactly appreciative audiences. Why on earth would this make for a compelling film? The surprising thing is that cast, script and direction are perfectly in tune with this compassionate biographical treatment of a woman driven to be the musician she dreams she is. Knocked by paternal disapproval, marital failure and physical illness, Florence 'thinks positive' and takes action. She knows what it is to suffer and is ready, at the drop of a hat, to do what she can to be of service to others via her self declared life-passion 'music'. It is both a joy and heart breaking to live in this woman's world. Meryl Streep is absolutely perfect in this role and makes this difficult story heart-rending and laugh out loud all at once. Definite go see!
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