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Encyclopedia > Finian's Rainbow (film)
Finian's Rainbow (1968 film)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Written by E.Y. Harburg
Fred Saidy
Starring Fred Astaire
Petula Clark
Tommy Steele
Distributed by Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Running time 145 min.

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Based on the 1947 stage musical of the same name, the plot is a combination of whimsical fantasy and political satire. It revolves around roguish Irishman Finian McLonergan, who absconds from his native land with a pot of gold secreted in a carpetbag with his daughter Sharon in tow. His destination is Rainbow Valley in the mythical state of Missitucky, where he plans to bury his treasure in the mistaken belief that, given its close proximity to Fort Knox, it will multiply. Hot on his heels is the leprechaun Og, desperate to recover his stolen crock before he turns human. Among those involved in the ensuing shenanigans are Woody Mahoney, a ne'er-do-well dreamer who woos Sharon; his deaf-mute sister Susan, who expresses herself in dance; Howard, determined to grow mentholated tobacco; and bombastic Senator Billboard Rawkins, who wears his bigotry on his shirt sleeves as if it were a badge of honor. Finians Rainbow, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, was a musical that opened on Broadway in 1947, with Ella Logan and David Wayne in the lead roles. ... Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Politics is the process by which groups make decisions. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... A true colour image of Ireland, captured by a NASA satellite on 4 January 2003. ... The U.S. Bullion Depository at Ft. ... A modern stereotypical depiction of a Leprechaun of the type popularised in the 20th Century. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... Species Nicotiana acuminata Nicotiana alata Nicotiana attenuata Nicotiana benthamiana Nicotiana clevelandii Nicotiana excelsior Nicotiana forgetiana Nicotiana glauca Nicotiana glutinosa Nicotiana langsdorffii Nicotiana longiflora Nicotiana obtusifolia Nicotiana paniculata Nicotiana plumbagifolia Nicotiana quadrivalvis Nicotiana repanda Nicotiana rustica Nicotianasuaveolens Nicotiana sylvestris Nicotiana tabacum Nicotiana tomentosa Ref: ITIS 30562 as of August 26, 2005... A bigot is a prejudiced person who is intolerant of opinions, lifestyles, or identities differing from his or her own. ...


Warner Bros. had optioned the film rights some two decades earlier, and they were on the verge of expiring. With Camelot having proven to be more costly than anticipated, and its commercial success still undetermined since it had not been released yet, Jack Warner was having second thoughts about another musical project, but when he saw Petula Clark perform at the Coconut Grove in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, he knew he had found the ideal Sharon. He decided to forge ahead and hoped for the best, despite his misgivings about having nearly-novice "hippie" director Francis Ford Coppola at its helm. Warner Bros. ... Camelot is the 1967 film version of the successful musical of the same name. ... This article is about Jack Warner, the head of Warner Brothers. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Ambassadors Cocoanut Grove circa the late 1950s. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ...


Fred Astaire, whose last movie musical had been Silk Stockings eleven years earlier, was lured out of semi-retirement to portray the title character. Given his status as a screen legend and to accommodate his talents, the role was given a musical presence it had not had on stage, and he was given top rather than the original third billing. Dressed in a ratty old cardigan sweater instead of white tie and tails and a battered felt hat in place of a topper, Finian is a far cry from the persona Astaire projected as Ginger Rogers' suave dance partner in their many movie musicals. Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska, was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. ... Silk Stockings was a 1954 musical composed by Cole Porter, based upon Ninotchka. ... Look up Legend in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress, singer and dancer. ...

Petula Clark as Sharon McLonergan
Petula Clark as Sharon McLonergan

In the liner notes she wrote for the 2004 Rhino Records limited, numbered edition CD release of the soundtrack, Clark recalls that old-Hollywood Astaire was befuddled by Coppola's contemporary methods of film-making and balked at dancing in "a real field with cow dung and rabbit holes." Although he finally acquiesced to filming a sequence in the Napa Valley near Coppola's home, the bulk of the movie was shot on studio soundstages and the back lot, leaving the finished film with jarring contrasts between reality and make-believe. This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Liner notes are the booklets which come inserted into the compact disc jewel case or any sound recording container. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... ... Napa County is in north-central California Napa Valley is most famous for its wine. ... A sound stage is a hangar-like structure, building or room, that is soundproof for the production of theatrical motion pictures and television, usually inside a movie studio. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...


A veteran of some two dozen films made in her native Britain, Clark still was nervous about her first Hollywood movie and particularly concerned about dancing with old pro Astaire. He later confessed he was just as worried about singing with her. Partially choreographed by Astaire's long-time friend and collaborater Hermes Pan (who was fired by Coppola during filming [1]), Finian's Rainbow proved to be the last time he danced on the big screen. Choreography (also known as dance composition) is the art of making structures in which movement occurs, the term composition may also refer to the navigation or connection of these movement structures. ... Fred Astaire and Hermes Pan working out a dance routine Hermes Pan (December 10, 1909 – September 19, 1990) was an American dancer and choreographer. ...


Clark recalls that Coppola's approach was at odds with the subject matter. "Francis . . . wanted to make it more real. The problem with Finian's Rainbow is that it's sort of like a fairy tale . . . so trying to make sense of it was a very delicate thing." Coppola opted to fall somewhere in the middle, with mixed results. Updating the story line was limited to changing Woody from a labor organizer to the manager of a sharecroppers' cooperative, making college-student Howard a research botanist, and a few minor changes to the lyrics in the Burton Lane-E. Y. Harburg score, such as changing a reference to Carmen Miranda to Zsa Zsa Gabor. Other than that, the plot remains firmly entrenched in the pre-Civil Rights era. Sharecropping is a system of farming in which employee farmers work a parcel of land in return for a fraction of the parcels crops. ... Co-op redirects here. ... Research is often described as an active, diligent, and systematic process of inquiry aimed at discovering, interpreting, and revising facts. ... Botany is the scientific study of plant life. ... Burton Lane (February 2, 1912, New York City - January 5, 1997, New York City) was a composer and lyricist. ... E. Y. Yip Harburg (April 8, 1896 - March 5, 1981) was a lyricist who worked with many well-known composers. ... Carmen Miranda (February 9, 1909 – August 5, 1955); birth name Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha, GCIH) was a Portuguese-Brazilian samba singer and motion picture star most active in the 1940s. ... For other uses, see Gabor (disambiguation). ... Image:AfricanAmericans1. ...


Preview audiences found the film overly long, and the musical number "Necessity" was deleted prior to its release, although it remained on the soundtrack album.

Petula Clark and Francis Ford Coppola relax between takes
Petula Clark and Francis Ford Coppola relax between takes

Harburg and Fred Saidy adapted the screenplay from their original book for the stage musical. The remainder of the cast includes Tommy Steele as Og, Don Francks as Woody, Keenan Wynn as the Senator, and Barbara Hancock as Susan. Image File history File links CoppolaClark. ... Image File history File links CoppolaClark. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Image:TommySteele1. ... Don Francks or Iron Buffalo (born February 28, 1932 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a legendary Canadian actor, vocalist and jazz musician. ... Wynn in Warning Shot (1967) Keenan Wynn (July 27, 1916 – October 14, 1986) was an American character actor and member of a well-known show-business family. ...


Released in major cities as a roadshow presentation complete with intermission, at a time when the popularity of movie musicals was on the wane, the film was dismissed as inconsequential by many critics, who found Astaire's obviously frail and aged appearance shocking and Steele's manic performance annoying. Highly praised by all was Clark, who was nominated for a Best Actress Golden Globe Award, with nominations going to Astaire, Hancock, and the film itself, as well. It was Oscar-nominated for Best Score of a Musical Picture and Best Sound. Harburg and Saidy were nominated for Best Written American Musical by the Writers Guild of America. The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ...


The film was released in DVD format on March 15, 2005. It includes a full-length track of audio commentary by Coppola, who focuses mostly on the film's shortcomings, and a French soundtrack, with both the dialogue and songs translated. Proficient in the language, Clark was the sole cast member to record the foreign version. Presented in anamorphic widescreen format, the DVD captures all of Astaire's footwork, most of which was missing in the original release. DVD (commonly Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in Leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Anamorphic widescreen is a cinematography and photography technique for capturing a widescreen picture on standard 35mm film, or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio. ...


Musical sequences

  • Prelude/Look to the Rainbow
  • This Time of the Year
  • How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
  • Look to the Rainbow (Reprise)
  • Old Devil Moon
  • Something Sort of Grandish
  • If This Isn't Love
  • (That) Great Come-and-Get-It-Day
  • When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich
  • Rain Dance Ballet
  • The Begat
  • When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love
  • How Are Things in Glocca Morra? (Reprise)

How Are Things in Glocca Morra? is a popular song. ...

External links

Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather series The Godfather (1972) | The Godfather Part II (1974) | The Godfather Part III (1990)
1960s Battle Beyond the Sun (with Aleksandr Kozyr and M. Karzhukov) | The Bellboy and the Playgirls (with Fritz Umgelter and Jack Hill) | Tonight for Sure | Dementia 13 | You're a Big Boy Now | Finian's Rainbow | The Rain People
1970s The Conversation | Apocalypse Now
1980s One from the Heart | The Outsiders | Rumble Fish | The Cotton Club | Peggy Sue Got Married | Gardens of Stone | Tucker: The Man and His Dream | New York Stories (with Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese)
1990s Bram Stoker's Dracula | Jack | The Rainmaker
2000s Youth Without Youth
Productions The Junky's Christmas (1993) | Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) | Don Juan DeMarco (1995) | Lanai-Loa (1998) | The Florentine (1999) | The Virgin Suicides (1999)

 
 

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