Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

DVD - 2009
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Mr. Chips is a shy and proper classics professor who teaches at an English all-boys school. He falls in love with a London dance-hall girl and decides to marry her. The couple makes Brookfield Academy for Boys its home and brightens the school with their unlikely union.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2009]
ISBN: 9781419873485
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (154 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 17, 2014

Set in the years leading up to and beyond WWII, Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark headline this bittersweet musical adaptation of James Hilton's novel concerning a dour and lonely schoolmaster who finds true love in the arms of a West End showgirl with a questionable past. Their wonderfully naturalistic performances also save it from completely sinking into a sea of syrupy excess even though director Herbert Ross does his best to yank at our heartstrings...who knew the German blitz could be so darn romantic yet tragic at the same time? The location shots of crumbling ivy-covered alma maters and sun-dappled Roman ruins are appropriately academic and do contrast comically with a few rather hedonistic party scenes; it is clear from the outset that these two lovebirds come from very different nests. The airy musical interludes, complete with floral overload, may be as subtle as a blast of air freshener to the face but they're mostly agreeable background noise to what is essentially a sweet, if unremarkable love story.

Aug 20, 2014

I'm a teacher, so I like the story, but this does run rather heavily to the odd musical numbers (why make her a singer?) and to the love affair, without the detail of the much longer period after she dies.

Feb 02, 2013

This remake of the 1939 film burst onto screens during the exuberant movie-musicals era of "My Fair Lady" and "The Sound of Music." The charming story of a shy schoolmaster whose narrow world opens wide through the power of love has all the right ingredients: a history as a beloved novel and nonmusical movie; legendary talents working magic off camera; and on-camera alchemy from a marquee cast, including Petula Clark, Michael Redgrave, Sian Phillips and, in the title role, Peter O'Toole. His endeaqring and nuanced performance earned him 1969's Best Actor Golden Globe and National Board of Review Awards, a Best Actor Oscar nomination---and a lasting place in musicals lore.
Peter O'Toole has never been better and he gives Chips an air of genuine, if seedy, grandeur that shines through dozens of make-up changes.
Petula Clark sparkles as Katherine Bridges.
Both O'Toole and Clark perform quite well, if not in the best, and I can see the obvious chemistry between them.
Rarely have a pair of players been so marvelously in tune with each other as Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark.


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