Hello, Dolly! (1969)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

USA, 1969.  , .  Screenplay by , based on the stage musical by , from The Matchmaker by , adapted from Einen Jux will er Sich Machen by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .    Music by .   Production Design by .  Costume Design by .    Film Editing by .  

Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker gets a garish musical treatment in this overblown film.  Barbra Streisand plays Dolly Levi, a rich widow who specializes in setting up the single and the lovelorn. While assisting a wealthy Yonkers store owner (Walter Matthau) in landing the girl of his dreams (), she decides to throw a wrench in the works and go after him herself. Unloading the intended woman won’t be easy, so she convinces Matthau’s store clerks to go to Manhattan and get a look at McAndrew themselves. Streisand is excellent, though her painful miscasting is due to her being much too young for the role (even she thought so at the time).  Gene Kelly directed this unfortunate mistake featuring too many terrible musical numbers.

Academy AwardsBest Art Direction; Best Sound; Best Score of a Musical Picture-Original or Adaptation
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design; Best Film Editing

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Barbra Streisand); Best Supporting Actress (Marianne McAndrew); Best Director (Gene Kelly)


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