Monday, June 20, 2011

A Night At The Opera (1935)

Otis B. Driftwood, Fiorello and Tomasso (Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx) band together to help Ricardo (Allan Jones) to become a successful Opera star and win the heart of his beloved Rosa (Kitty Carlisle)

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The Marx Brothers were comic geniuses the likes of which we will never see again. Showmen of the highest order. There was nothing that they couldn't do. Verbal comedy, physical comedy, music, dance, etc. One brother's weakness was another's strength and together they formed this amazing comedy machine. A Megazord of comedy, if you will. Though their films are known for legendary set pieces (like the "Stateroom Scene" in this film) even the quiet moments are a marvel:

I picked A Night at the Opera as the title for this entry because it is my favorite, but really you can and should watch any Marx Brothers film you can get your filthy little mitts on. Even the later ones have bright moments of shear anarchic genius...

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