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Diana Ross, Billy Dee William & Anthony Perkins in a 'scratch your way to the top' tale set in the fashion-design world. Features the haunting 'Do You Know Where You're Going To' lyrics of the theme song.
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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.
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Effective showcase for Diana Ross. Interesting costumes and characters.Published 15 months ago by Patricia M. Dryburgh
MAHOGANY is a camp classic featuring screechy acting by Ms. Ross, mumbling by Billy Dee Williams, and drama queen antics by Anthony Perkins. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by John L. Hughes, Jr.
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 morePublished on Aug. 3 2003 by Sami El Alam
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. LOLPublished on July 8 2003 by Christina E. Luna
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 morePublished on April 8 2003 by Louis
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 morePublished on March 24 2003 by Gladys Smith