Film Reviews, Short Review

High Society (1956)


My near-limitless patience for gazing at Grace Kelly does occasionally get challenged, as it does here in a insipid and uninspired musical. A remake of The Philadelphia Story with songs written by Cole Porter, the film ambles about with no real focus for almost two hours, the direction barely even making use of its principal stars: almost the entire film is shot in medium and long-shots, with actors milling around saying their lines. There are, at best, maybe two or three close-ups of Grace Kelly, and when you have one of the most photogenic human beings to have ever existed at your disposal, such a decision is near-criminal. Still though, the songs are mostly fairly good: Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong in a film together is hardly a bad combination, saving the film from being a total travesty.


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