Posted 31 March 2004 - 04:09 PM
Well, the movies are having at the life story of Cole Porter again. "De-Lovely," starring Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd, will hit our screens some time in June of this year. I saw a trailer for it this weekend, and while I do not wish to prejudge matters, I cannot say it looks as if this movie will be a vast improvement over the 1946 yockfest "Night and Day" starring Cary Grant. First off ĖLinda Lee Thomas Porter was about twenty years older than her husband, and her name was a byword for beauty, elegance, and taste on two continents. This really does not sound like Ashley Judd to me. In addition, unless I'm mistaken, the trailer seemed to suggest actual physical contact in what was from all reports the blancest of mariages blancs, and presented the movie as some kind of romance. There is no question that Cole and Linda cared deeply for each other, and it was a genuine marriage. But if this movie presents the extremely gay Porter as a sort of faux heterosexual, I'm going to be peeved. Kevin Kline isn't an improvement on Grant, either Ė the latter might have been a good Porter in less absurd circumstances, but I fear I don't see Kline in this part, at all.
On the other hand, we can hope there are some good renditions of Porter songs. I do hope I'm wrong. We'll see.