Show Boat (1936) - The Criterion Collection (UK-import) (BLU-RAY)
James Whale’s beloved adaptation of the Broadway classic about entertainment, love, and racial divide
Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s immortal musical adaptation of Edna Ferber’s sprawling novel receives its most faithful and enduring cinematic adaptation under the elegant direction of James Whale. A rich portrait of changing American entertainment traditions and race relations, Show Boat spans four decades and three generations as it follows the fortunes of the stage-struck Magnolia (Irene Dunne), an aspiring actor whose journey takes her from her family’s humble floating playhouse in the 1880s South to the height of fame in the 1930s North.
The cast of show-business legends includes Helen Morgan, Hattie McDaniel, Charles Winninger, and the great Paul Robeson, whose iconic, soul-shaking rendition of “Ol’ Man River” is one of the crowning glories of the American stage and screen.
|Skuespillere||Allan Jones, Charles Winninger, Irene Dunne||Bestillingsnummer||CC3127BDUK|
|Serie||Oscarnominert, The Criterion Collection|
- New, restored 4K digital transfer
- New interview with James Whale biographer James Curtis
- Recognizing Race in “Show Boat,” a new interview program
- Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979), an Academy Award–winning short documentary
- Two radio adaptations of Show Boat
- And more