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Hello, Dolly!(1969) __FULL__

sometimes I think about him, living alone in his trash trailer, rewatching this gorgeous movie over and over. he's the only thriving thing on a human-devastated earth, yet he yearns for the best of humanity watching ms. dolly levi sing and dance and charm laps around everyone in her proximity. anyway, for completely separate reasons, this is a supremely comforting movie to devote two and a half hours of attention to in 2018.

Hello, Dolly!(1969)

every single character in this: just completely adores dolly levi, applauds when she enters a room, frequently tells her how much they love her, can't cope with how beautiful and wonderful she is, would die for her in a momentme: now THIS is representation in cinema!

Barbra Streisand began moving slowly down the red-carpeted staircase, mouthing the words of Hello, Dolly!, "Hello, Rudy. Well, hello, Harry." When she reached the bottom of the stairs, the tempo picked up. The dancers swirled around her, circling the ramp above the sunken dance floor. Twice Barbra Streisand tripped over the train of her dress and twice more the dancers stepped on it. The number concluded, after a complete circuit of the set had been made, with Barbra Streisand, all alone, ascending the staircase. Kidd whistled through his teeth for the music to stop.

In this Academy Award-winning musical directed by Gene Kelly, HELLO, DOLLY! (1969) we follow matchmaker Dolly Levi (Barbara Streisand) who travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau), convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.

Much like the Cleopatra (1963) filming fiasco and its nearly devastating effect on the financial stability of 20th Century Fox Studios, Hello, Dolly! (1969) nearly accomplished the same thing by practically bankrupting the same studio, not through a lack of planning and over paying its actors as with Cleopatra, but by vastly over spending on lavish set design and costumes.

Ernest Lehman wrote some of the most successful movies of the 1950s and '60s, including The King and I, West Side Story, The Sound of Music and North by Northwest. A New Yorker, Lehman graduated from the City College there in 1937, then went to work as a freelance writer and assistant publicist. By the 1940s he was publishing short stories, followed by two novellas, The Comedian and Sweet Smell of Success. Drawn to Hollywood in 1952, Lehman's first screenplay was for the star-studded Robert Wise movie, Executive Suite (1953). He followed up that hit with 1954's Sabrina, another box office success that brought Lehman his first Oscar nomination. Over the next two decades he adapted for the screen Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956, starring Paul Newman), The King and I (1956), Sweet Smell of Success (1957, starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis), West Side Story (1961), The Sound of Music (1965), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966, starring Liz Taylor) and Hello, Dolly! (1969, starring Barbra Streisand). These days, Lehman is perhaps best remembered for his original screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959, starring Cary Grant). By the 1970s, Lehman was pretty much done with screenwriting. He published two novels and worked closely with the Writers Guild of America, and in 2001 he was awarded an honorary Oscar, the only screenwriter to ever receive that honor. 041b061a72


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