2006-03-30 12:44

De-lovely is a musical portrait of one of the world's greatest songwriters, 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 stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through hits like "Night and Day," "It's De-lovely," and "In the Still of the Night," Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light - including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife, Linda.

Spanning almost 40 years, the film jumps from Paris to Venice to New York to Hollywood, and includes over 30 of Porter's songs. It's a love story about a man who wrote some of the most endearing - and enduring - songs of the twentieth century. Through his music, Porter searched for the meaning of love his whole life, when in fact it was right beside him the whole time.

What the critics are saying:

"De-Lovely is at its De-Loveliest when it drops all biographical pretence and lets the music take over. There are 28 songs in all, and every one of them radiates wit, style, and elegance."
- Neil Smith, BBCi Film

"The movie contains more music than most musicals, yet is not a concert film because the songs seem to rise so naturally out of the material and illuminate it."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"De-Lovely twinkles and glows, but all the surface razzle-dazzle fails to mask the emptiness at its core."
- Megan Lehmann, New York Post

This stylised musical biopic about the great composer Cole Porter is at its best when it concentrates on his wonderful songs and forgets the heavy-handed history lesson.

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