[JPL] D-Lovely, a D'must see

Arturo Gomez arturo893 at qwest.net
Mon Jul 26 18:36:26 EDT 2004

I had the good fortune to see the Cole Porter bio-pic, D-Lovely over the weekend. Excellent portrayal by Kevin Kline and a fine make-up job as he aged perfectly throughout the film. Very realistic and accurate look. Cameos by Dianna Krall and Natalie Cole. Mr. Porter led a fascinating lifestyle and his homosexuality is not downplayed. Several scenes show dark-skinned Black females on stage in the 30's, which is inaccurate. They also showed integrated dancers on stage, another faux pas but those are minor details and do not take away from the enjoyment of the film.

Since the movie has no special effects, no violence, no graphic sex, chases or shoot 'em ups, it won't last long at the box office, so go see it while you can, you'll be humming throughout the movie and into the night. Provides great topical comments for air shifts as well.

Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and all the Tin Pan Alley composers owe the popularity and longevity of their pop songs to jazz, those songs would have been long-forgotten if not reworked by jazz musicians and become standards. 

Arturo Gómez

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