A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to complete their mission and to retrieve them.
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Excellent musical version of 'Ninotchka', Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse are enchanting and bewildering with their dancing. Amusing bit part for Peter Lorre as one of the Russians who get tempted by the American way of life... That's (that was) Hollywood...
on perspective, this musical remake of 1939 Lubitsch's Ninotchka fails to justify it's existence. The musical numbers work, most of the times, like fillers, albeit 1 or 2 of them being visually rich; the intelligent comedy —reason of the 1939 genious — is almost washed away, and it has a miscasted wonderful dancer (Cyd Charisse), and her "father" Astaire. It lacks in energy. Silly Silk Stockings.
Cole Porter's insufferable lyrics weight the score in the wrong direction. As if it wasn't all about the dancing - I would rank three numbers (Cyd's dress-up dance, the final duo dance, and Ritz RollnRock) very, very highly. Also, I wouldn't trade that absurd image of Peter Lorre for the world.