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Mahogany [Import]

Diana Ross , Billy Dee Williams , Berry Gordy , Jack Wormser    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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You know those movies that seemed really, really awesome when you were a teenager? Then, when you saw them again as a adult, you recognized them for the romantic dreck they always were? Mahogany exemplifies the breed. Made in 1975, Mahogany is mired in tedious melodrama that is not enhanced by a predictable and sexist ending. Diana Ross, a poverty-stricken young woman, pulls herself up by her camisole straps until she is at the top of the fashion world. Along the way she meets terrible people who want to use her. They break her heart. She has trouble bouncing back. One of those troubled people who seem to flock to Ross's unstable character is a deranged photographer, played with wild abandonment by Anthony Perkins. His psychotic performance gives this film its only energy. Ross remains unfulfilled until she finds love with inappropriate Billy Dee Williams, who shows none of his usual charisma. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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3.0 out of 5 stars A camp classic Jan. 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Like so many divas before her and after her, "La Ross" shines in this 1975 camp classic which exemplifies the cliche saying "it's lonely at the top."
The gowns, the glamour, the nails and the youth of Miss Ross are unparalleled. She was beyond fabulous and at the height of her artistic zenith. The montage is especially pleasing and one can only fantasize about being in Rome in the mid 70's while swathed in those fantastic creations and Fendi and Maximillian furs (read the credits).
Substantively, the film is not to be taken seriously....but I agree with one reviewer's assessment back then who said that it is "testament to how glorious it is to be Diana Ross." I wholeheartedly agree.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorites! April 16 2003
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I have always found the film, "Mahogany" very intriguing and interesting. Whenever it's on television, I can't help but sit down and watch it, even if I initially don't want to. For some reason this movie draws you into the life of Diana Ross' character as she moves from struggle to success in the fashion industy starting as a model and then a designer.
The love story between Ross and Billy Dee Williams did not seem very warm, but maybe that's how the characters were. I didn't really believe that the two of them were really in love. It just seemed like Williams yelled at Ross for her beliefs (mainly because he was a political figure in the film) and told her what to do all the time. Other than that aspect, I thought the movie was really good.
Anthony Perkins played the role of the famous photographer who turns Ross' character from a regular struggling young woman into "Mahogany" the fashion icon. His mental breakdown towards the end of the film, and his ultimate demise, is disturbing.
Overall, I would highly recommend this film!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does it hold up with age? Aug. 12 2000
By Eso
Format:VHS Tape
"Mahogany", a bittersweet story that rejoices and basks in the excesses of fame and fashion that at the same time points to its tragic aspects in its lead character's isolation, is told elegantly through the device of projection in "Do You Know Where You're Going To?". It is as though Diana is asking Billie Dee the same question that Whitney-through another Michael Masser vehicle-would ask some 12 years later:" Didn't We Almost Have it All?". The trade-offs are bittersweet if one's success is in vain-as all success ultimately is; the struggles are ultimately self-serving and alienate those around Diana who watch Diana-both on screen and off-slog her way to the top.
Autobiographically poignant, Diana transfers that sense of isolation that she feels onto Billie Dee, who feels the same way: "Do you know where you're going to/Do you like the things that life is showing you?/Where are you going to?" . Berry Gordy, the movie's director,upon the theatrical release was indicted by Time Magazine for wasting one of America's national treasures. However Clive Davis, formerly president of Arista, indicted the Academy Awards for not nominating "Do You Know where You're Going to?", calling into question the integrity of the Oscar committee and its racial biases and hailing Diana and her delivery as triumphant. After all, it was all about the drama, baby.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lady sews the Blues... May 22 2000
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It has been many years since I first saw Mahogany at its initial movie release in 1975. I must admit I enjoyed it this original story of a young ghetto lass with aspirations of designing haute couture for the rich & famous. Diana Ross was then at the zenith of her career no doubt wanting to extend her craft and try out new avenues in her profession. To some extent she succeeded especially with Lady sings the blues. No doubt Halle Berry will come out with her version in the future. Mahogany I am glad to say has dated well. Produced at a time when black american awareness was only just starting it offers us an unstereotypical view of life then. Diana Ross does a good portrayal as Tracey, the aspiring talented designer looking for an opportunity to break out of the class prejudice life had thrust upon her. In a way black women had it even harder back then, wanting equality not only for their race but for their gender as well. Black men are notoriously sexist in that respect. But I digress. Ross does her best work during scenes with Billy Dee Williams character Brian. The idealistic young politician who wants her to give everything up for him. Sound familiar. The chemistry on screen was quite believable that one would wonder what was really going on behind the scenes. Oh well. The costumes and dresses were stunningly gorgeous and designed by miss Ross herself. Hows that for multi talented. The romantic ending following the rally at the end was predictable but touching all the same. Shame the Lady hasnt made any films for a while. Guess its hard top this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disapointing Follow-up To Lady Sings The Blues April 6 2000
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When I first saw this movie I made myself like it. I was very young at the time and a die-hard Ross fan, so I had to like everything she did. As time has passed I've grown more honest with myself, and a lot more realistic about Diana Ross and the sad fact that she has a propensity to pick and perform mediocre material.
Mahogany is a perfect example of one of those projects that on it's face had potential but was ruined by the hacks who were hired to bring it to the screen. First, Berry Gordy fired Tony Richardson the original director because he didn't know how to achieve "Blackness" in his direction. Then, he (Gordy) takes over the direction and goes for every Hollywood cliche he can pack into one film.
The plot is the tired story of a poor working class girl who makes good in the fashion world and then throws it all away to go back to a life of failure just to be with the man she loves. Let's face it, this story has been told so many times before, it has become it's own genre.
Ross plays Tracy Chambers, the heroine in our story, with style and intensity, and she even manages to win you over in a few scenes but just when you think things are getting better, something really dumb happens.
Billy Dee Williams plays a loser politician who spouts out more BS in his speeches than any real politician ever has in real life. If you had the chance you would definitely vote for the other guy. Tracy had it right when she left this jerk.
Tony Perkins plays a crazed homosexual trying to prove to himself he's not really gay by making love to Tracy, in a scene that feels so sleezy that you'll want to shower after viewing it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Diana screeches, Billy Dee mumbles
MAHOGANY is a camp classic featuring screechy acting by Ms. Ross, mumbling by Billy Dee Williams, and drama queen antics by Anthony Perkins. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by John L. Hughes, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Diana Ross returns after her acclaimed film debut in 'Lady Sings The Blues. She plays the role of an ambitious struggling secretary who becomes a world famous designer-model... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2003 by Sami El Alam
4.0 out of 5 stars Mahogany
I seen this movie in 1976 with my boyfriend at the age of 16 yrs old . It was a great movie then. and now in 2003 it is still a great movie even without that boyfriend. LOL
Published on July 8 2003 by Christina E. Luna
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the best!
I had this movie on VHS and I watched it over and over until the tape started showing bad. I really believe this movie is overlooked as a great work. Read more
Published on April 8 2003 by Louis
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Ross Has Turned From A 1920's Poor Girl To A True Queen
HA! HA! This movie was simply outstanding! First of all, I LOVE 70's movies. I just love that warmth of the loud bass and the fuzzy screen. Read more
Published on March 24 2003 by Gladys Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars So Bad It's Good
This movie falls under "My Guilty Pleasures". The early scenes are set in Chicago, and it brings me some nostalgia to see how the old 'L' trains used to look. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2001 by Hillari Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana is a Diva!
This movie made a huge impression on me when I first saw it growing up. I had to own it and the soundtrack as well! Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Masterpiece by Berry Gordy
Mahogany is a Wonderul black love story of a woman raised in Chicago's inner city ghetto (Diana Ross). Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2001 by Erika Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Masterpiece by Berry Gordy
Mahogany is a Wonderul black love story of a woman raised in Chicago's inner city ghetto (Diana Ross). Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2001 by Erika Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahogany
My only dissapointment is that this and the other movies that I am interested in are not on DVD. As for the movie it is well worth 5 stars.
Published on June 26 2001
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