Saturday, February 2, 2013

Victor/Victoria



1982 British/American Feature

Cast: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras and John Rhys-Davies
Writer/Director: Blake Edwards, based on the 1933 film Viktor und Viktoria, screenplay by Reinhold Schünzel
Songs: Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse

Synopsis:
Victoria, a down-on-her-luck chanteuse, becomes the toast of Paris when she assumes the stage persona of Count Victor Grazinski, Poland's greatest female impersonator.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 82%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Original Song Score; also nominated for Best Actress (Andrews), Supporting Actor (Preston), Supporting Actress (Warren), Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction and Costume Design.
  • César Award for Best Foreign Film.
  • David di Donatello Awards for Best Foreign Actress (Andrews) and Foreign Screenplay.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical (Andrews); also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, Actor - Comedy/Musical (Preston), Supporting Actress (Warren) and Original Score.
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Album of Original Score.
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Foreign Feature - Dialogue.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor (Preston).
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Tom Selleck and Peter Sellers.
  • Julie Andrews was Tony Award nominated for recreating her role(s) in 1995 for the Broadway stage musical adaptation of Victor/Victoria, also directed by Blake Edwards. During its run, Liza Minnelli and Raquel Welch also played the title role(s).
  • A filmed performance of the stage musical was broadcast on television in 1995 and is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • In 2000, Victor/Victoria was ranked #76 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Laughs" list.

Related Movies:
  • Remake of Viktor und Viktoria (1933), which was also remade as First a Girl (1935, UK), Viktor und Viktoria (1957, West Germany) and Mi novia el... (a.k.a. My Fiancée the Transvestite) (1975, Argentina).
  • Featured in the documentary The Celluloid Closet.

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