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Kismet (1955)



Vincente Minnelli directs this musical film version of the acclaimed Broadway production about a Baghdad poet who charms his way into the Wazir's harem.

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Genre:   Comedy, Fantasy Adventure, Musical, Theatre
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Director:   Vincente Minnelli
Cast:   Howard Keel, Sebastian Cabot, Ann Blyth
Theatrical Release Date:   10/08/1955
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Synopsis
With Alexander Borodin's soaring music fashioned by Robert Wright and George Forrest into "Stranger in Paradise," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" and even more evergreens, Kismet turned the Broadway stage into a glittering, gleaming Arabian Nights' dream. Ideal material, in fact, for the dream factory. To Hollywood and director Vincente Minnelli, Kismet was kismet. This lavish musical follows one fateful, fabulous day as a beggar-poet (Howard Keel) and his daughter (Angg Blyth) cross paths with a wicked wazir, a wily temptress, a handsome prince, a magical curse, opulent sets and exotic adventure. "Princes come, princes go," sings the beggar. Glorious Kismet endures!

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Kismet (1955)
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Entertaining (4)
  • Action-packed (3)
  • Classic style (3)
  • Engaging (3)
  • Funny (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Entertainment (4)
    • Education (3)
    • Everyone (3)
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      • Movie buff (5), Collector (3)
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    4.0

    Not Since Nineveh, Not Since Tyre, etc.

    By Nick at Nite

    from San Mateo, CA

    About Me Collector, Movie Buff

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Action-packed
    • Classic
    • Engaging
    • Entertaining
    • Funny

    Cons

    • Never Boring

    Best Uses

    • Education
    • Entertainment
    • Everyone

    Comments about Kismet (1955):

    This ravishingly beautiful (to gaze in wonder upon) Technicolor send up based on the Broadway sensation, which, in turn, was based on the 1944 MGM classic (gaze in wonder upon my review of that film) will have you believing in every quirk and twist of fate, or, "Kismet". As Hajj (Keel) the lowest of a lowly born poet, beggar, rogue and thief delights in his daughter Marsinah (Blythe):who dreams only of "baubles, bangles & bright shiny beads" and making her dreamer of a father happy, even if that means becoming the bride of the Caliph (Damone; not a bad deal in the bargain). There's really only one malcontent who stands in Hajj's way of fulfilling the dream he has for his daughter, the Grand Wazir (hilariously played by Cabot). The best performance however is submitted by (Broadway and screen sensation) Gray as Lalume, especially when she breaks into song and dance to the lively musical number "Not Since Nineveh"!

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    • Yes
     
    4.0

    Not Since Nineveh, Not Since Tyre, etc.

    By Nick at Nite

    from San Mateo, CA

    About Me Collector, Movie Buff

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Action-packed
    • Classic
    • Engaging
    • Entertaining
    • Funny

    Cons

    • Virtually Con-free

    Best Uses

    • Education
    • Entertainment
    • Everyone

    Comments about Kismet (1955):

    This ravishingly beautiful (to gaze in wonder upon) Technicolor send up based on the Broadway sensation, which, in turn, was based on the 1944 MGM classic (gaze in wonder upon my review of that film) will have you believing in every quirk and twist of fate, or, "Kismet". As Hajj (Keel) the lowest of a lowly born poet, beggar, rogue and thief delights in his daughter Marsinah (Blythe):who dreams only of "baubles, bangles & bright shiny beads" and making her dreamer of a father happy, even if that means becoming the bride of the Caliph (Damone; not a bad deal in the bargain). There's really only one malcontent who stands in Hajj's way of fulfilling the dream he has for his daughter, the Grand Wazir (hilariously played by Cabot). The best performance however is submitted by (Broadway and screen sensation) Gray as Lalume, especially when she breaks into song and dance to the lively musical number "Not Since Nineveh"!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    4.0

    Not Since Nineveh, Not Since Tyre, etc.

    By Nick at Nite

    from San Mateo, CA

    About Me Collector, Movie Buff

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Action-packed
    • Classic
    • Engaging
    • Entertaining
    • Funny

    Cons

    • Never Boring Everyone

    Best Uses

    • Education
    • Entertainment
    • Everyone

    Comments about Kismet (1955):

    This ravishingly beautiful (to gaze in wonder upon) Technicolor send up based on the Broadway sensation, which, in turn, was based on the 1944 MGM classic (gaze in wonder upon my review of that film) will have you believing in every quirk and twist of fate, or, "Kismet". As Hajj (Keel) the lowest of a lowly born poet, beggar, rogue and thief delights in his daughter Marsinah (Blythe):who dreams only of "baubles, bangles & bright shiny beads" and making her dreamer of a father happy, even if that means becoming the bride of the Caliph (Damone; not a bad deal in the bargain). There's really only one malcontent who stands in Hajj's way of fulfilling the dream he has for his daughter, the Grand Wazir (hilariously played by Cabot). The best performance however is submitted by (Broadway and screen sensation) Gray as Lalume, especially when she breaks into song and dance to the lively musical number "Not Since Nineveh"!

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    5.0

    Beautiful Transfer

    By bj

    from New York, NY

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    Pros

    • Entertaining

    Cons

    • Uneven

    Best Uses

    • Entertainment

    Comments about Kismet (1955):

    This is a gorgeous transfer especially if you're used to seeing the drab dvd. Colors are crisp and sharp.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Way Better Than Its Rep

    By Bill

    from Lakewood, CO

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    Pros

    • Dialogue
    • Music
    • Sets And Costumes
    • Singing

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Theater

      Comments about Kismet (1955):

      Why does this movie have such a poor reputation? It has glorious music (including three songs that made the hit parade), eye-dazzling sets (par for Vincente Minnelli), lively dialogue (especially from Keel and Gray) and top-notch singing by the entire cast. What more could you ask of an MGM musical? Well, you could ask for a sharp and colorful blu-ray transfer of the CinemaScope image. And that's exactly what you get in this superb WAC release...plus a fine stereo soundtrack...plus all of the extras from the DVD...plus the same 31 chapter markers as the DVD...plus English subtitles...plus a special menu that allows you to jump directly to any of the musical sequences.

      To steal a line from Gershwin...who could ask for anything more?

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