Tag: Jeanette MacDonald

  • One Hour With You

    Dir. Ernst Lubitsch (1932). The last and sauciest of Lubitsch’s Hollywood operettas remade his silent hit, The Marriage Circle, as a vehicle for Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier—a pair of happily married swells whose bubble is burst by the charms of a home-wrecker named Mitzi. Sun., March 20, 5 p.m., 2011

  • The Love Parade

    Dir. Ernst Lubitsch (1929). Lubitsch’s first talkie was a landmark. Love Parade was first movie musical with integrated songs, as well as a star-making vehicle for Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald as a lusty pair of Ruritarian aristos—and Lubitsch too, initiating the succession of sophisticated comedies he’d make at Paramount. Wednesdays-Fridays, 1:30 p.m. Starts: Aug. […]

  • Shorter Out

    Wayne Shorter is a Clay Aiken fan. “There’s a young guy on American Idol has a good voice,” he told me when I interviewed him two years ago, by coincidence the afternoon of season two’s final-results show. Not Ruben: “a victim of his environment,” limited to r&b. “The other guy. He’s got his own sound […]

  • ‘Jeanette MacDonald— Hollywood Diva’

    Jeanette MacDonald had the good luck to make her screen debut with Ernst Lubitsch, who cast her as a lead in The Love Parade (1929). Under his tutelage— he’d fallen in love with her and it showed— she bloomed as few performers do in a first film. MacDonald was not classically beautiful, but she had […]