Rhapsody in Blue (1945) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Irving Rapper and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jesse L. Lasky.
Academy Awards 1945 --- Ceremony Number 18 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Music - Scoring||Ray Heindorf, Max Steiner||Nominated|
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???? George Gershwin is probably my favorite composer after Cole Porter, so I was naturally interested in Rhapsody in Blue, a docudrama about his life. I can honestly say, however, that my conclusion of this film’s worth is independent of whatever favorable bias I might have. It’s a real... Read full article
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Max Dreyfus: [referring to "Porgy and Bess", which has just opened] You've made opera entertaining.
George Gershwin: I don't want to be just a concert pianist. I want to use the piano as a stepping stone!
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The Catfish Row set seen in the "Porgy and Bess" sequence is an exact duplicate of the original 1935 set for the first Broadway production of the opera.
Oscar Levant had three functions in this film: he provided George Gershwin's piano playing as Robert Alda's double, he portrayed himself on screen and he was heard playing piano on the soundtrack as himself, Oscar Levant, in the commemorative performance of "Rhapsody in Blue" which ends the film.
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