THE GREAT ZIEGFELD
1936, Warner Bros., 176 min, USA, Dir: Robert Z. Leonard

In this epic, spectacular fictionalized biography of Florenz “Flo” Ziegfeld (William Powell) with original music by Walter Donaldson and Irving Berlin, we follow the rise and fall of an irrepressibly ambitious businessman as he relentlessly cultivates stars and ultimately creates the glamorous, leggy Ziegfeld Follies. With breathlessly lavish production numbers that define the grandeur of the 1930s MGM musical, THE GREAT ZIEGFELD must be seen on the big screen! With Luise Rainer, Myrna Loy, Fanny Brice, Virginia Bruce and Ray Bolger.


THE BRIBE
1949, MGM [Warner Bros.], 98 min, USA, Dir: Robert Z. Leonard

Less a coherent drama than a sweaty fever-dream of ’40s film noir, THE BRIBE features an all-star cast (Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, John Hodiak) trapped on the steamy Caribbean isle of “Carlota” (as only MGM’s art department could render it), perspiring through a convoluted tale of romance, disease and WWII contraband. Skip the logic and wallow in the exotic artifice of this sublime noir fantasia, directed by Robert Z. Leonard, photographed by the great Joe Ruttenberg and scored by the magnificent Miklos Rozsa!


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