Porgy and Bess
Porgy and Bess (1959)

This film version of George Gershwin's classic American operetta tells the story of Porgy, a crippled young man who falls in love with the beautiful, free-spirited and heroin-addicted Bess who is not only loved by her drug dealer, but… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 24, 1959
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

This is a stunning, exciting and moving film, packed with human emotions and cheerful and mournful melodies. It bids fair to be as much a classic on the screen as it is on the stage.

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TV Guide

The brilliant score by the Gershwins and DuBose Heyward, however, will last forever, while Preminger's veteran cameraman, Leon Shamroy, did a wonderful job and the art direction by Serge Krizman and Joseph Wright is sensational.

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Emily O'Neill
Village Voice

Should this Porgy and Bess be locked away? It ain't necessarily so.

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That it stands as an entertaining spectacle and the director's best musical is secondary in interest to the Hollywood politics surrounding it.

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Emanuel Levy

One of the most underestimated movie musicals, based on Gershwin's masterpiece, Porgy and Bess receives a lavish production from Otto Preminger in an all-black, Oscar-nominated picture, starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

A mediocre curio.

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