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Rouben Mamoulian
Toronto Star- 1/ 18/ 2004
Rouben Mamoulian. The release of obscure old movies on DVD must surely count as one of the soul-nourishing technological advances of our era. The most delightful DVD double bill of the winter: two forgotten early talkies by Hollywood director Rouben Mamoulian.

Applause (1929) is a brilliant portrait of small-time showbiz squalor, with Helen Morgan giving a decidedly unglamorous performance. A much bubblier confection from 1932 is Love Me Tonight, which offers Maurice Chevalier singing great songs by Rodgers and Hart, including "Isn't It Romantic?" The plot may be banal (humble tailor falls in love with pampered princess) but the style and pacing make this a more effective mood-elevator than Prozac a true buried treasure that will leave you feeling spring must be on the way.
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