le 27 mai 2007
Based on James Michener's book `Tales of the South Pacific', this Rodgers & Hammerstein's play is adapted for the big screen.
There are overlapping stories of different people with extremely different backgrounds and how the cope or not with each other in a time of adversity during the second world war in the south pacific.
This is a musical and the songs (most have the feel of the 50's, others are timeless) tell the story best of all. Be sure to also obtain the soundtrack.
Different colored filters are used in filming this movie to give you different atmospheric feelings to match the songs. It also poses a sort of dream like quality to the story.
You will recognize that many of the best actors of the time were picked. This includes recently deceased Ray Walston who played Luther Billis.
There was some decision to do some dubbing of the songs; however it does not distract form the ambiance of the film or the nature of the story.
So prepare to be absorbed in the Tales of the South Pacific.
le 5 juin 2005
This is an exceptional movie on many levels. The adaptation from play to screen carried without the look and feel. The music outsells the movie. They picked the best actors for EVERY part. The use of colored filters [Todd-AO (70-mm version)] and actually using a remote island (Tioman Island, Malaysia) added to the exotic feel. The social implications are still with us today.
With all the cinema options today I almost forgot that I had this tape until yesterday when Ray Walston who played Luther Billis died. I keep thinking of "Honey Bun" Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Music by Richard Rodgers Performed by Mitzi Gaynor, Ray Walston, and Chorus.
South Pacific (1958 Film Soundtrack) [SOUNDTRACK] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
Do not let all this dubbing or comparing to plays discourages you from a good movie. I think they should have dubbed Madonna in Evita with some one who had range and resonance.
I do not want to rehash the story. However it is about how people from different cultures are thrown together in a remote south Pacific location during WWII. And how the deal with different problems and personalities.