|Starring:||Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish, Joan Chandler|
|Genre:||Drama - Romantic|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Rental release:||Currently unavailable|
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A beautiful tragic endingBy bella411 (24 reviews) from Buckinghamshire, England , 29 Dec 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]This film is basically about a married woman, Helen Wright, who falls in love with another man who does not love her as much as she loves him and she cannot bear this as she is accustomed to getting everthing she wants. Helen's glasses seem to be a metaphor for her short-sightedness in not being able to see that Pauls music comes first, however she is not wearing them towards the end.
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Puts the Humour into HumoresqueBy a customer , 29 Aug 2012If gushing romantic melodrama isn't your bag, don't despair, as this film decidedly puts the humour into 'Humoresque'. The emotional relationship between young, ambitious, talented violinist Paul Boray adn wealthy, alcoholic socialite Helen Wright who helps launch his career, plays second fiddle (excuse the pun) to generous chunks of popular classical repertoire, a choice selection of Cole Porter and Gershwin tunes in the bar scenes, and the mordant one liners of pianist/actor Oscar Levant. The taut, dry wittiness of the script in general largely keeps sentiment at bay, if you discount the odd scene such as the one set to the surging strains of Wagner's 'Liebestod'. The dialogue is so razor sharp that Joan Crawford's cheekbones aren't all the characters are in danger of cutting themselves on. Just keep a finger on sound control - the musical sections really crank up the volume, but you won't want to miss a line of the rapid fire repartee.
Joan Crawford at her best.By Emjay69 (327 reviews) from Kidlington, Oxford , 03 Nov 2011Another classic from the 1940s when films were made without computerised technology and without violence.
It tells a story of a talented violinist from the poorer sections who makes good with his talent and a few lucky breaks.
Well worth watching, especially the musicians who actually appear to be playing the instruments. Well done all round.
Humour excellentBy nimzomorph (1 review) , 13 Oct 2011I watched this film because I recently became fascinated with Joan Crawford. I have seen half a dozen or so of her films and can honestly say I've never been more impressed with her than in Humouresque.
The exciting thing though is that the whole film, except possibly the final eighth, is incredible. Every character is believably written and played beautifully by the whole cast. The direction is superb. The music is the cream of classical and performed exquisitely. It's always appropriate except for the Wagner finale which I found overly melodramatic. Probably for the times it was fine.
If anything, the stars are the supporting actors, who make watching the film a guiltless pleasure.
Sparkling stuffBy Leni (179 reviews) from London , 18 Dec 2010There is always the shadow of melodrama around Crawford, and she doesn't disappoint here. The script is so witty at times it sounds like Perelman's Marx brothers. Oscar Levant, an underrated, fine pianist, and never one to take himself too seriously, gets to strut his delirious stuff. Well worth watching, one of Crawford's best. But also, for me, a chance to watch John Garfield at work again.
HumoresqueBy Giggie (6 reviews) from Warminster , 01 Mar 2009Enjoyable. Music superb. Moving and sensitive performance from Joan Crawford.
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