Synopsis: De-Lovely is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, filled with his unforgettable songs. In the film, Porter is looking back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through elaborate production numbers and popular hits like "Anything Goes," "It's De-Lovely," and "Night and Day," Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light - including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter.
Director(s): Irwin Winkler
Production: United Artists
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations.
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125 min

What burgundy

What great Pommery

What brandy, wow

What whiskey, here's how

What gin and what beer

Will you sober up, my dear?

Have you heard, Professor Munch

ate his wife and divorced his lunch?

Well, did you ever?

What a swell party this is

Have you heard, it's in the stars

Next July, we collide with Mars?

Well, did you ever?

What a swell party

a swell party, a swellegant, elegant party

this is!

God, we're a hit!

Now we have a party.

-Shall we?

-Yes, let's.

My God.

Grace personified.

Was that me? Did l sweep you off your feet?

Because l hadn't intended

to do that for quite a while.

You really are smooth,

aren't you, Mr. Porter?

Never till now, Mrs. Thomas.

Your song was absolutely delirious.

Thank you. l'm never sure

if they get the joke.

-Especially when it's on them.

-Learn to trust your audience.

l trust it, l just wish l could expand it.

He seems a bit calculating, don't you think?

-Weren't you?

-Not entirely.

l said l was ambitious,

but l was anything but an opportunist.

After all, l spent 10 years in Paris...

just having fun.

What are we talking here, a love affair?

A business proposition...

or a social arrangement?

There was nothing arranged...

or negotiated about our relationship.

lt was...

our own.

What about these gloves? ls it really true...

that you only wear them once

and then you discard them?


To where do you discard them

when you're finished?

l send them to a cousin in Louisville.

Not this one, all right? Let me keep this.

Look at that hand. You should never

cover your hands, they're beautiful.

-They're ungainly.

-No, they're strong.

No one's ever thought of me

as strong before.

l think of you as strong and down to earth...

-and solid. l think of you in many ways.

-You're sweet.

lsn't that Diaghilev and his boy

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Jay Cocks

John C. "Jay" Cocks, Jr. (born January 12, 1944) is an American film critic and screenwriter. He is a graduate of Kenyon College. He was a critic for Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other magazines, before shifting to screenplay writing.[1] He is married to actress Verna Bloom. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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