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Love Me Tonight

1932

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  • For a pre-Code film, this one’s attempts at suggestiveness are pretty tame. Maurice insults Jeanette’s seamstress for building her a dowdy riding habit. He makes a bet that he can do it better. Then we get to see him remove Jeanette’s unfinished riding jacket and take a tape measure to her every body part. It could have been sexy, but Mamoulian plays it safe. . . . Nonetheless, there’s not too much wrong with this romantic comedy that’s sure to put a smile on your face.

  • Making fun of itself throughout, Love Me Tonight revels in the sort of absurdities that such a fantasy entails, especially at the film’s climax. Leaving the chateau in disgrace as a son-of-a-gun tailor. Chevalier takes the train back towards Paris, until the Princess, assuming the usual male role, gallops desperately ahead of him, and stops the train dead in its tracks.

  • When the opening song is passed along like a baton relay from a tailor shop to a faraway castle, the effect is more René Clair mechanization than Ernst Lubitsch mellifluousness. But then Mamoulian's invaluable contribution was to ignite ideas within the various film genres before the talkies became codified.

  • Rouben Mamoulian's thrilling and innovative 1932 musical with Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Myrna Loy, and Charles Ruggles, with a fine Rodgers and Hart score that includes “Isn't It Romantic?” and “Lover.” Similar in many respects to the Lubitsch musicals with MacDonald and Chevalier during the same period, although Mamoulian's lively experiments with rhythm, framing, and superimposition are very much his own.

  • Rodgers and Hart wrote nine numbers, so brilliantly integrated into the witty script that they are all but inseparable from it; and Mamoulian at last had something which would permit him to 'combine all the elements of movement, dancing, acting, music, singing, décor, lighting' (though not yet colour). The result was one of the most enchanting musicals ever made, the Lubtisch film that Lubtisch was always trying to pull off but never quite did.

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