Joined: 24 Jan 2005
|Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:03 pm Post subject: "ATHENA"
|[A personal review given once before - but thought I'd include again....]
What do "peachtrees", sassafras, numerolgy, astrology charts, and backstrap molasses have to do with a good old fashioned boy-meets-unusual-girl story plot ?
I dunno.......all I know is while watching this delectable tale of health foods and body building ....I found myself enjoying a nice cup of green tea. Sipping it to the reviberating voice of Vic Damone, I was totally captivated by his "The Girl Next Door" which surprizingly starts off this film in a good direction.
In this 1954 musical-comedy Vic, playing "Johnny Nyle" the swooned-over new singing sensation, confirms his appeal to all of us ! In the story, Vic's subpeona, taken to lawyer friend ( Edmund Purdom ), actually starts the ball rolling right into a housefull of health conscious addicts ( Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell ) who try to transform the fellows into a bit of the same. But a good Judo twist on herculian "Mr. Universe" by none other then Damone wins over Reynold's heart ! Well...you've got to see the movie. There are some fun renditions with some great choreography in "I Never Felt Better". Also a beautiful operatic aria by Jane, "Daughter of the Regiment".
But once you see and hear the music by Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin brought to life by Vic singing [i]"Venezia", [/i]with his deep rounded tones in his dashing crimson tuxedo surrounded by stunning costumed mardi-gras dancers, you'll understand why I tend to play "ATHENA" over and over again. It is definitely the "Queen" of all the tunes in this musical. ....scenery and nice close-ups of Vic!
Vic Damone makes the music of Blane & Martin whisper soft & convincing with finalizing a surprizingly underestimated tune "Love Can
Change the Stars" ( YOU SHOULD SING THAT SONG AGAIN, Vic, in your own new style ). I loved YOU singing it!