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DE-LOVELY – Review

Nearing the end of his life, and in failing health, the famed song-writer Cole Porter reflects on his adult years
With the help of a mysterious theatre producer (Pryce), he revisits the people and events that have touched him and inspired his extensive body of work
From musical hits to romantic misses, we get an insight into the mixed-up world of a man whose professional stability belied his personal confusion
Don’t let an aversion to musicals put you off this unusual take on the biopic
Yes, it’s filled with Porter songs, but they’re not gratuitously shoe-horned in and don’t disturb the narrative flow.
They’re performed by the likes of Elvis Costello, Robbie Williams and Alanis Morrissette, largely in the background, at the relevant points in Porter’s life
If you’ve never heard of him, you’ll be surprised how many songs you know. But if you don’t like his songs, avoid this
DE-LOVELY opens October 1 2004



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