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Victor Victoria

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Original title
Victor Victoria
Running time
132 min.
United States United States
Blake Edwards (Idea: Hans Hoemburg. Remake: Reinhold Schünzel)
Henry Mancini
Dick Bush
Co-production United States-United Kingdom; Artista Management, Ladbroke, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Peerford Ltd
Comedy. Musical. Romance | Remake. 1930s. Gay & Lesbian
Synopsis / Plot
Blake Edwards tones down the broadly farcical style that is his signature with this sly musical comedy starring Julie Andrews as British entertainer Victoria Grant. She and an older friend, gay impresario Toddy (Robert Preston), are close to starvation in 1930s Paris. Desperate for work, he changes her image, introducing her to the cabaret world as female impersonator Victor/Victoria. Victoria, now a woman pretending to be a man in drag, becomes a huge success in the nightclub world. Chicago gangster King Marchan (James Garner) becomes especially intrigued by Victor/Victoria while visiting Paris with his dim-witted girlfriend, Norma (Lesley Anne Warren), and his ever-faithful bodyguard, Squash (Alex Karras), whos more than a little concerned by his bosss interest in a transvestite. As Marchan tries to get to the source of his attraction to the entertainer, trying to uncover the truth behind the rhinestone headdress, the farce commences, and the meaning of gender and sexual preference comes into question for all the characters. A director who often shows a willingness to let the seams in his work show for comic effect, Edwards has opted for stylish smoothness here while opening himself to questions of gender that his earlier films had anxiously mocked. Robert Preston steals the film as Victorias graceful Svengali.
1982: Oscar: Best Adapted Soundtrack. 7 Nominations
1982: Golden Globes: Best Actress - Musical/Comedy (Julie Andrews). 5 Nominations
1982: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actress (Julie Andrews) and Screenplay
1982: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
1982: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Supp. Actor (Preston) & Best Supp. Actress (Lesly Ann Warren)
1982: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Comedy Screenplay
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