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Finian's Rainbow (1968)

Finian's Rainbow. Feature film. (1968, 141 mins) IMDB

...that old devil moon...

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day ago if you had told me Francis Ford Coppola had directed a musical staring Fred Astaire I would have said you're nuts. It never happened. Well, he did and it's true. Surprise, surprise.

The film is a big budget production of the Broadway musical of the same name. Since the musical started in the 1940s, why did it take so long to get to the big screen? The content. The story takes place in Kentucky where racists are as common as blue grass. The show pokes fun at these racists in a way that's fun and humourous. It's probably the best part of the film.

But while this satire is fun, the best part is still the music and in particular the song OLD DEVIL MOON. When the song starts and you recognize it, it will transpose you to another world and for the moment when the song plays, time stands still and that's how it should be.

Posted 2009/04/18 at 19h30ET in Movie Commentary.

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