U.S., 1958, 157 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Joshua Logan, Unrated, 20th Century Fox
“Everyone who wished that South Pacific might be made into a large, luxurious film, glowing with literal scenic detail of lush green islands in blue tropical seas, bursting with a grand romantic story and brimming with stereophonic songs, need have no further anxiety.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
An American woman (Mitzi Gaynor) falls in love with a Frenchman (Rossano Brazzi) while stationed as a navy nurse in the South Pacific during World War II. After the box office and critical success of The King and I in 1956, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein scored an even bigger hit with their widescreen rendition of South Pacific in 1958. Directed and co-written (as it was on Broadway) by Joshua Logan, the film is bursting with beloved standards such as “There Is Nothing Like a Dame,” “Bali Ha’i,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Dites-moi,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy,” and “Younger Than Springtime.” South Pacific would remain Rodgers & Hammerstein’s biggest box-office hit until The Sound of Music shattered records seven years later.
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