A Night at the Opera - Marx Brothers details
|Formats:||U DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx|
A Night at the Opera - Marx Brothers
|1hr 26 mins||U|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 26 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Anarchy in the USABy Chunkysimon (44 reviews) from Falkirk , 03 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]A Night at the Opera is reknowned as the greatest of the Marx Brothers movies. It signalled a change in the team (Goodbye Zeppo), and a change in the way the films were constructed (less musical and vaudville elements and a bit of a stronger storyline). But what didn't change was the three characters of Harpo, Chico and Groucho. Harpo is the 'id' personified (as they note on the excellent DVD extras), running everywhere, hitting everyone, and always honking that horn. Chico is the stereotype of an Italian American on the make- always looking for an angle, and a chick to chase. And (my favourite) Groucho is the ultimate in wise cracking New Yorkers. Even watching him now you are struck by the speed and smoothness of his delivery and the 'acidity' of his remarks.
It is old fashioned and it does retain showcase sections for Harpo on the harp and Chico on the piano, but if you are looking for good (almost) clean fun then I can't recommend this highly enough.
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BrilliantBy Baronchris (202 reviews) from Bristol , 23 Sep 2007What can you say about Marx Bros older movies other than fantastic. The originator of the one liner some stil used by comics to this day.
Everyone has a part to play , but I'd rather lose the romantic interest by supporting players, I'm more interested in the laughs.
MarvellousBy John Stevenson from Dumfries. , 27 Feb 2007The Masters at work. Complete with the 'Sanity Clause' ! The 'Ruination' of 'Il Trovatore' was complete. Really liked Alan Jones's 'Miserere', tho'.
How can you go wrong?By a customer from London, England , 23 Mar 2006This is everything you want from a comedy. The silliness of the plot, the lunacy of the lead characters and the dead eye, spot on, insatiable punning of Groucho at his best with the others as hapless foils. A superb film in all the best comedy traditions.
Brilliant!By Greg Russell from London, England , 22 Mar 2006Classic film. Sure to get laughs.
Don't believe the hypeBy Simon Kew from Mitcham, Surrey , 27 Feb 2006Widely believed to be the Marx Brothers greatest film. If this is the best, I'll avoid the others like the plague. 3 or 4 very funny moments, assisted by 2 glasses of Rioja, cannot compensate for what is a generally plodding, self-satisfied and quite frankly unamusing effort. The musical interludes (typical of film and radio of the day) are toe-curlingly apalling and immediately forgettable (apart from the occasional flashback in nightmares). Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and even Abbott and Costello are all infinitely superior to this. Heck, this makes 'You've been framed' look almost viewable.
If you want to laugh throughout a film, turn to Jacques Tati. If you are more worried about your image and you'd prefer to sound like an afficionado, go with the crowd and hail the Marx Brothers from the rooftops. Don't take my word for it though - judge for yourself. I guess this film is like Marmite....and I'll never try Marmite again!
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