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
The first full biography of Florence Foster Jenkins was written by Darryl W. Bullock, and published by Duckworth Overlook in April 2016. 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 »
What happens when serious music is turned upside down?
The film is based on the true story of the New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins. In 1944 she hired Carnegie Hall to perform as a soprano soloist. With no musical ability whatsoever but a large inheritance to enable her to indulge her love of performing, Florence Foster Jenkins becomes an unwitting musical clown which sustains the comedy throughout the film. The character is played with gentle comic affection by Meryl Streep.
Hugh Grant is well cast as Florence's doting and enabling husband St Clair Bayfield. It is to Grant's charisma and acting ability that he is able to portray an adulterous scoundrel who is milking his wife's inheritance and turn it into a devoted and loving husband. His brilliant charm offensive is one of the remarkable things about the movie.
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