VictorVictoria Review Movie
In its prime musicals were an extremely cosy type of entertainment for families. But by the 1980s, the yen for the genre was homophobic and stereotypically linked to homosexuality. Thus, Blake Edwards chose to highlight the gay component that was lain dormant in earlier adaptations from Viktor Und Viktoria in this precise reworking that owes to the work of Edouard Molinaros' La Cage Aux Folles (1978) as it did to Reinhold the 1933 musical by Schunzel.
Even though Renate Muller remained a cross-dresser all the way to fame in the first situation, she received her fame as a hidden substitute for the female Impersonator Hermann Thimig. Additionally, London lothario Adolf Wohlbruck quickly recognizes her real identity and forces her through an incredibly macho-esque initiation before declaring his love for. in 1934 Victor Saville stuck closely to the storyline when he adapted it into the first A Girl for Jessie Matthews and Sonny Hale, as did Karl Anton in his 1957 version featuring Annie Cordy.
However, Blake Edwards opted to turn Robert Preston's mentor into a gay confidante. He also chose to make fun of James Garner's growing angst about his feelings via his macho henchman Alex Karras. So, a snarky sense of innuendo was introduced into the situation which already had a delightful confusion. Additionally, Edwards and Andrews insisted on using the photo to drive a further nail into the Mary Poppins image that she had resented but this time, they refused to resort to the an instantaneous nakedness that created S.O.B. such a succes de scandale.
Andrews and Preston Andrews and Preston both earned Oscar nominations for the film's unlikely collection of seven. Both nominees Lesley Ann Warren and the underrated Garner are a lot more entertaining as a duo that's a mix of Clark Gable and Jean Harlow and an inversion from Judy Holliday and Broderick Crawford's characters from Born Yesterday.
The less deserving recipients included Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse who were awarded the prize for the Best Song with a poor selection of songs that even riffed off that `Lady of Seville' routine that Muller did with infinitely greater awe fifty years earlier.