Mar 11, 2019 the day after i watched this movie, i woke up nauseous. While in blackface, wynn is treated poorly by friends, chased by his bloodhound, but then. Fred astaire as finian, fresh from ireland, age 68, in his last musical, leads petula clark as daughter sharon, who was convinced she couldnt dance with him, into their first number, all the american kids supporting, francis coppola directing, in finian s rainbow, 1968. Finian s rainbow is a bloated oddity directed by a young francis ford coppola and starring astaire as a leprechaun and 60s pop icon petula clark as his daughter. Finians rainbow 1968 film, an irishamerican musical film. Finians rainbow 1968 movie clip me magnetic feather. The great entertainer sang and danced his last musical lead in finians rainbow, director francis ford coppolas exuberant movie of the 1947 broadway hit. Nov 07, 2016 the question of how well finians rainbow has aged since it made its broadway debut in 1947 inspires a less affirmative response. Harburg and fred saidy is based on their 1947 stage musical of the same name. Reviews finian s rainbow melissa errico and ryan silverman star in the irish repertory theatres smallscale, unamplified revival of burton lane, yip harburg, and fred saidys golden age musical.
Memorable quotes and exchanges from movies, tv series and more. The musical comedy concerns the efforts of irish immigrant finian fred astaire, who has stolen a pot of gold from a leprechaun. Barbara hancock and fred astaire in finians rainbow. See the full list of finian s rainbow cast and crew including actors, directors, producers and more. The musical comedy concerns the efforts of irish immigrant finian fred astaire, who has stolen a pot of gold from a. Finian s rainbow arcs over broadway again the 1947 musical gets its first fullscale broadway revival starting oct. A mysterious irishman, finian, and his daughter arrive one day in a small southern town of sharecroppers and plant a stolen crock of leprechaun gold.
Screen legend fred astaire is an irish rogue whose leprechaun comes to life in the american south. If you like finian s rainbow you are looking for humorous, feel good and stylized movies about with racism, dance, gold, father daughter relationship, small town, miraculous event and wish come true themes of family, fantasy and musical genre shot in usa. Finians rainbow comes to music theatre of wichita the. Blackface as a vehicle of white liberalism in finians rainbow russell peterson obviously we hope you will enjoy your evening with us, but before the curtain goes up we would like to forewarn you about what you will see. Harburg and fred saidy about a leprechauns stolen crockogold. Finians rainbow is a 1968 irishamerican musical film directed by francis ford coppola and starring fred astaire and petula clark. Finian s rainbow original, musical, comedy, broadway opened in new york city jan 10, 1947 and played through oct 2, 1948. And perhaps an even better recorded version is the 1968 warner bros. Productions used blackface to transform senator rawkins from white to black.
Finian s rainbow unfinished film, an incomplete 1954 animated feature film. I had purchased the lp many years ago and played it quite often. Released october 9th, 1968, finian s rainbow stars fred astaire, petula clark, tommy steele, keenan wynn the g movie has a runtime of about 2 hr 25 min, and received a score of out of 100 on. The official database for broadway theatre information finian s rainbow broadway musical original ibdb. Whichever album you choose, finian s rainbow cannot disappoint. Finians rainbow album, a 1968 album by stan kenton. Pursued by a vengeful leprechaun, crafty finian mclonergan drags his daughter sharon and a stolen crock of gold all the way from the mysterious irish village of glocca morra to missitucky u. Finian s rainbow 1968 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. It is also a satire on race relations in the precivil rights era united states. Along with his daughter sharon petula clark, the couple moves to the united states to the mythical town of rainbow valley. Watch finian s rainbow starring fred astaire in this music on directv. Finians rainbow 1968, a politically themed musical based on a 20yearold broadway hit was, somehow, francis ford coppolas first major motion picture.
The best musicals of the past astaire and rogers in the 1930s, gene kellys and stanley donens productions in the 1950s were rather modest in length and cost. The revival has been 60 years in coming, and a big part of the reason why is because of what many consider to be an outdated view of racism. It does have some great songs, however, including how are things in glocca mora, when im not near the girl i love, and old devil moon. Finian mclonergan petula clark sharon mclonergan tommy steele og, the leprechaun. A whimsical, musical fantasy directed by mastermind francis ford coppola bram stokers dracula, the godfather and costarring pop staractress petula clark goodbye, mr. Finian s rainbow this pretentious whimsy 1968 defeated francis coppolathough he tries valiantly, he sinks the movie with stolid action sequences and gushy lyrical effects. It is a highly original film full of charm, humor, wit, great characters, song and dance. Performances are stellar, sound quality is perfect, what more can i say. Watch finians rainbow online stream full movie directv. The use of blackface really cursed finians, but over the years the show developed an even greater reputation as unrevivable due to matters of race, even though finians was so. A whimsical, musical fantasy directed by mastermind francis ford coppola bram stoker s dracula, the godfather and costarring pop staractress petula clark goodbye, mr. Finian s rainbow 1968 official trailer fred astaire, francis ford coppola movie hd a mysterious irishman, finian, and his beautiful daughter sharon, arrive one day in rainbow. Finian s rainbow 1968 besides having blackface in it, which i thought was oddinappropriate even as a kid, i love this movie.
Finians rainbow 1968 rotten tomatoes movie trailers. Finians rainbow unfinished film, an incomplete 1954 animated feature film. Harburg and fred saidy about a leprechaun s stolen crockogold. Finians rainbow 1968 official trailer fred astaire. Indeed, clark is a pleasure to hear throughout the album. The story also places oldworld folklore alongside contemporary racial issues, in what is a sometimes awkward but generally passable modernday fairytale. The unlikely but winning combination of petula clark sharon mclonergan and fred astaire finian mclonergan costarred alongside tommy steele og, the leprechaun in the celluloid adaptation of finian s rainbow 1968, which was derived from the 1947 broadway show. Reviews finian s rainbow melissa errico and ryan silverman star in the irish repertory theatre s smallscale, unamplified revival of burton lane, yip harburg, and fred saidy s golden age musical. Finians rainbow 1968 stream and watch online moviefone. The music is very upbeat and vibrant and endearing. This is a touchy subject, but i want to talk about the blackface scene in holiday inn. Finian s rainbow dvd he wears a ratty old cardigan instead of tails, a battered felt hat in place of a topper but one glimpse of those agile feet and you know hes fred astaire.
Jun 19, 2011 music theatres wayne bryan has always loved the music of finians rainbow, the 1947 tony. Once finian s rainbow went into postproduction, coppola simply pasted together the best bits of each take, meaning there is a distinct lack of continuity in the films musical numbers. Its incorporation of actor keenan wynn playing blackface having been. Politics and leprechauns, updated new york theater november 7, 2016 leave a comment why would anybody want to revive finians rainbow, a 1947 musical that features dancing black sharecroppers and a leprechaun whose pot of gold was stolen by a crafty old irishman named finian with a fondness for drink. Finians rainbow 1968 directed by francis ford coppola. At the end of october, i heard a fascinating segment on npr about the revival of the musical finians rainbow. Adapted from the classic broadway musical, finian s rainbow jr. The question of how well finians rainbow has aged since it made its broadway debut in 1947 inspires a less affirmative response. Today, we know there are all kinds of problems with it, but as the lectures pointed out, we need to remember the historical context. The title character of finians rainbow, sharons father, doesnt sing much in the stage version, but fred astaire was given a fair amount of singing to do when he took on the role for this, his final movie musical. Its available to watch on tv, online, tablets, phone.
And his character is in blackface for much of the film. Coppolas unconventional approach to musical direction and subsequent lack of continuity is most prominent in the films devil moon number. Youve got to be carefully taught to hate an exploration. Blackface as a vehicle of white liberalism in finian s rainbow russell peterson obviously we hope you will enjoy your evening with us, but before the curtain goes up we would like to forewarn you about what you will see. I know, i know, i still need to get the cast names in there and ill be eternally tweaking it, so if you have any. Finians rainbow cast and crew cast photos and info. Finian s rainbow soundtrack lp vinyl record album music fred astaire petula clark new sealed.
The notion of senator rawkins suddenly struck black is thankfully free of blackface humor, yet. Starring fred astaire as finian mclonergan and petula clark as his daughter sharon, finians rainbow features songs that, by 1968, were favorite standards. Harburgburton lane score blends broadway brass with irish jigs and occasionally gospel to surprising success. Pushing 70 during the films production, finians rainbow became. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing finian s rainbow near you. I cant be sure that this illness is connected to the film, but i wont rule it out either. Finians rainbow is the first major film directed by francis ford coppola.
Cena do filme finian s rainbow o caminho do arcoiris. The day after i watched this movie, i woke up nauseous. Finally, the finian s rainbow script is here for all you quotes spouting fans of the francis ford coppola movie with fred astaire and petula clark. It also has solid musical numbers as well, despite not meshing well with the overall tone and direction of the movie, but ultimately, finian s rainbow is a bizarre misfire from coppola who clearly wasnt the right person to handle this movie.
A leprechaun tries to retrieve a crock of gold from an old wanderer who has taken it to america. Finians rainbow is a unique musical with a strange history. Finian s rainbow is the best of the recent roadshow musicals, perhaps because its the first to cope successfully with the longer roadshow form. With irish whimsy, melodious magic, and biting social commentary, finians rainbow tackles the american dream and the state of civil rights in the postworld war ii united states.
In trump era, 70yearold finians rainbow matters more than ever the most selfconsciously political of americas classical musicals speaks to a question relevant today. The best musicals of the past astaire and rogers in the 1930s, gene kelly s and stanley donen s productions in the 1950s were rather modest in length and cost. This script is a transcript that was painstakingly transcribed using the screenplay andor viewings of finian s rainbow. Finian s rainbow is the best of the recent roadshow musicals, perhaps because it s the first to cope successfully with the longer roadshow form. Seeing keenan wynn in blackface is the only reason to suffer through this egregious horror. Finians rainbow is the best of the recent roadshow musicals, perhaps because its the first to cope successfully with the longer roadshow form. Finian s rainbow is a 1968 irishamerican musical film directed by francis ford coppola and starring fred astaire and petula clark. Official trailer fred astaire, francis ford coppola movie hd. Under the direction of francis ford coppola, the brilliant production numbers were carefully crafted for the silver screen. In a way finian s rainbow was always a mixandmatch musical. Harburg and fred saidy, lyrics by harburg, and music by burton lane, produced by lee sabinson. Fred astaire, petula clark, tommy steele, don francks.
A mysterious irishman, finian, and his beautiful daughter sharon, arrive one day in rainbow valley, a small southern town of tobacco sharecroppers in the mythical state of missitucky. Jun 23, 2014 rainbow valley is a poor and divided community, especially as the local senator, billboard rawkins, is stirring up racial hatred and an africanamerican botanist is trying to grow mentholated tobacco. Nov 04, 20 cena do filme finians rainbow o caminho do arcoiris. Several attempts to film the movie failed, one of them an animated. Redirected from finians rainbow film finians rainbow is a 1947 musical. This movie has some of the most memorable songs which are still among my favorites, of course many of. Mar, 2016 director francis ford coppola s only musical, is a whimsical celebration of the irish spirit and a technicolor feast to the panavision screen. Finians rainbow original motion picture soundtrack. Here are the main titles for the hit movie finians rainbow starring fred astaire, petula clark, don francks and tommy steele disclaimer. Finians rainbow g 2h 21min family, fantasy, musical 9 october 1968 usa an irish immigrant and his daughter move into a town in the american south with a magical piece of gold that will change peoples lives, including a struggling farmer and african american citizens threatened by a bigoted politician. Finian fred astaire has sneaked into the night in misstucky, u. It involves a bigoted white character who goes blackface when. This got me thinking about the many musicals which deal with racial prejudice.
Feb 05, 2008 here are the main titles for the hit movie finians rainbow starring fred astaire, petula clark, don francks and tommy steele disclaimer. Finians rainbow is just another late1960s musical trying to follow the success of sound of music 1965 and failing miserably at the box office. Feisty irishman finian mclonergan fred astaire and his faithful daughter, sharon petula clark, bearing a pot of gold stolen from the leprechaun og tommy steele, settle in the village of rainbow valley, missitucky. Finians rainbow goes back to missitucky the new york times. Based on the broadway play from the late 1940 s, it. Finian s rainbow is the first major film directed by francis ford coppola. It was also great seeing fred astaire again im a big fan. The pot immediately grants sharon her wish, and rawkins turns black.1407 662 538 1271 468 1138 162 1045 339 1167 776 1220 869 796 1312 453 495 1179 874 69 1032 1231 628 822 429 1071 1311 1087 131 947 148 1300 366 638 1517 670 776 1052 748 305 1219 656 396 913 1354