A Little Night Music (1977) DVD

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A Little Night Music (1977)


 Harold Prince


 Ingmar Bergman (suggested by: a film by "Sommarnattens leende"), Hugh Wheeler (screenplay)


 Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Rigg, Len Cariou 
Beginning its several incarnations as an Ingmar Bergman film named Smiles of a Summer Night, the story was adapted by composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim into a successful Broadway musical directed by Harold Prince. This film, also directed by Prince, is adapted from the stage musical. In the movie, in the early 1900s, a group of friends bound together by complicated romantic entanglements, have come together for an elegant dinner at a country estate. The men present are the current, previous, or prospective lovers of the beautiful actress, Desiree (Elizabeth Taylor), and the other women are all united by their jealousy of her. Sadly, Desiree herself wants to simplify things and settle down -- she envies the wives. The adapted score later won an Oscar. The musical's well-known songs include Every Day a Little Death, A Weekend in the Country, and You Must Meet My Wife. The most famous song from the musical, Send in the Clowns, is sung here by Elizabeth Taylor
Here is the link to the film at the Internet Movie database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076319/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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  • 4
    Steve Sondheim is the best!

    Posted by J. Blaine on Jul 4th 2022

    One of Sondheim's earlier works, but far from his first. As always, his music is complex and amusing. Send in the Clowns is wonderful. I last saw this performed on the stage while in High School. I am now 64 and it is a very different experience. A very poignant look at love and growing older.

  • 4
    Suprise package.

    Posted by Unknown on Feb 26th 2016

    This is a good version of a classical musical.Over looked on release it contains some excellent moments and creates the right atmosphere for this difficult to adapt musical.Film quality very good.

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