Cabin in the Sky (Sous-titres franais)
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Cabin in the Sky (DVD)
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I wasnt sure what to expect and I have to admit i was surprised when i found myself laughing at the humor in the film (no, it is NOT racist humor at ALL! ) For such an old 'period' film to be so entertaining, all the while keeping in line with the story and music, is a rare thing these days.
Being a BIG Duke Ellington fan I had to buy this Video. Ellington and crew put on a fine show, along with the supporting role by Louis Armstrong, (a funny role! ), and some great tap dancing and a swing dance piece with one of the several featured Ellington tunes. (Great Trombone solo by Lawrence Brown also. In addition to Brown, if you are sharp you can also catch Harry Carney(?) and Johnny Hodges in the Ellingotn Line up.)
I never imagined Lena Horne was so beautiful in her youth, but i must say "WOW"
This is a great movie with a STRONG message that each of us can learn from. You will be happy to have this in your collection!
Much has been written about the plot, so I won't focus on that. I will say, however, that this movie is a tour-de-force of talent. It marked Vincent Minelli's directorial debut, and it's clear that he did a fine job. Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Lena Horne and Ethel Waters all play their parts brilliantly. If there was any animosity between Lena and Ethel, it was easy to understand. Ethel fought tough and nail to climb the showbiz ladder, whereas Lena was the first African-American actress to be groomed specially for Hollywood. Ms Horne had specially designed gowns and mingled with the upper echelons of MGM. The moviemakers even created a special make up range for her in an effort to pass her off as an exotic Latin American belle. Lena refused to disrespect her race by denying her heritage.
Anyway, back to the film. It's Ethel Water's character, Petunia, that I warm to the most. She may have been downtrodden, and reduced to scrubbing floors. However, there's a down-to-earth warmth that radiates from her. Her rendition of "Happiness is a Thing Called Joe" is superb. The late Waters was a remarkable, versatile performer, and it's a shame that she's not as well known among the masses like Lena.
As for Lena's Georgia Brown, she's nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful. Ms Horne was something of a WW2 pin-up, and it's easy to see why. She tempts the viewers (and the censors, no doubt!Read more ›
An example of obtaining home can be explained by the scene where the character Little Joe (Eddie "Rochester" Anderson) dies and rises out of his body only to awake to the presence of Lucifer Jr. (Rex Ingram). As Lucifer Jr. describes to Little Joe all of the evil things that will come to him in Hell, Little Joe screams out, "I don't want to die, I just wanna' go back home to Petunia." In this scene, Little Joe identifies home as Earth, all the physical objects in which he can interact with (the absence of the spiritual world). Another example of home can be identified with the character Petunia (Ethel Waters) in the scene where she sits beside Little Joe next to him in his bed. Petunia preys to God to not take Little Joe home yet. In this scene, home is identified as the spiritual world, in which all the sins of the corrupt physical world would not exist.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
When we opened the DVD and popped in the player, it turned out to be a blank DVD!!! I went to the menu button and all was listed on this particular disk. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2011 by Dorothy L. Sayers
Vincente Minnelli, who directed the film, Cabin in the Sky (1943), composed this 'race movie' with an all African American cast. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by burch
Great performances.Duke Ellington,Ethel Waters,Lena Horne.Doesn't get any better than that.Published on March 21 2003 by ellafan
Despite the sterotypes,it was still a good movie. Especially with one of my favorite singer/actress MISS.LENA HORNE.
Beautiful,talented, and ageless until this day. Read more
I believe all kids, teens, adults, and everyone in between should see this movie at least once in their lifetime. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 1999
I thought the movie was very entertaining, plus it was very clean--no four-letter words. I thought Ethel Waters was great and Lena Horne was just plain good lookin'. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 1999
The movie is kinda corny, but the acting isn't real bad, the Music is Good and some great Swing dance scenes. Very entertaing if you like Swing Music and that period of time.Published on March 4 1999
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