A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1966)

RICHARD LESTER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA/United Kingdom, 1966.  Melvin Frank Production.  Screenplay by , , based on the musical book by , , from the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .    Music by .   Production Design by .     Costume Design by Tony Walton.   Film Editing by .     

Stephen Sondheim’s fun musical play reaches the big screen with energy and comedy galore. It takes place in ancient Rome, where a monumentally lazy slave () desires to find a way in which to purchase his freedom and live only for himself. He discovers that the young master of his household () is in love with a young lady from another house and wishes to marry her. Mostel agrees to help arrange the match so long as his freedom is granted in the bargain, which Crawford agrees to. What he doesn’t know is that getting the girl isn’t going to be as easy as he thinks! Delightful costumes and sets combine with Sondheim’s wonderful music and the spirited performances for a very entertaining musical treat.

Academy Award:  Best Scoring of Music-Adaptation or Treatment

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy

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