"Love Me Tonight" is a madcap musical tour de force of infectious melody, effortless vivacity and ceaseless invention from first frame to last. Building on a foundations of songs by Rodgers and Hard ("Babes In Arms", "Pal Joey"), director Rouben Mamoulian ("Applause") shepherds Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette Macdonald through an exuberant romp that film maven Leslie Haliwell declared, "the most fluently cinematic comedy musical ever made." Carefree tailor Maurice Chevalier leaves a backlot Paris where music literally radiates from every shop, sidewalk and boudoir to collect on a past due bill at a recalcitrant aristocratic client's family chateau. Mistaken for royalty, Maurice runs a gauntlet of lunatic blue-bloods, including love-happy Myrna Loy and screwball icon Charlie Ruggles. But it is Princess Jeanette MacDonald's closely guarded heart that Maurice desires and it will take every ounce of his ingenious pluck to woo her without revealing his well-meaning romantic deception. Rouben Mamoulian nimbly packs "Love Me Tonight" with enough high-spirited cinematic invention to fill a dozen films. Using everything from zoom lenses to slow motion (both unheard of in 30's Hollywood), Mamoulian erased the lines that defined the musical genre, breaking rules that were still being established. Bravura musical performances, cheeky pre-code innuendo and astoundingly modern filmic touches are blended into a show stopping movie confection decades ahead of its time. Available for the first time on DVD, "Love Me Tonight" is an assuredly spontaneous musical milestone of sophisticated absurdity and risque enchantment.
Audio Commentary, Original Theatrical Trailer, Screenplay Excerpts of Deleted Scenes, Production Documents, Censorship Records, Photo Gallery, Promotional Material.
Presented In Black & White; Maurice Chevalier Sings "Louise"; Jeanette MacDonald Sings "Love Me tonight" (from the Paramount newsreel series "Hollywood On Parade"); Booklet Essay by Miles Kreuger.
|Studio Name:||Team Marketing|
|DVD Release Date:||06/01/2010|
|Screen Format:||Full Frame|
|Run Time (in minutes):||89 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Digital Sound|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.2|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 0.5 x 7.4|
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