Saturday, 14 November 2009

Snow White? Seven Dwarfs? NOT Disney!

NOT Disney! A movie satire from Hong Kong in the early fifties. It's even more hysterical when you realize that each of the Seven Dwarfs is a famous Chinese opera singer or comedian. Or both in the case of Leung Sing Por, the fat guy. He was a brilliant opera singer, who took to straight drama and to comedy so well that he had two simultaneous careers - cannot imagine a western opera star with such guts. All the others are big and medium names, each well characterized. Snow White here has an Alsatian, who acts, too. And her big number in the movie is "Somewhere over the Rainbow" which she sings when she enters the dwarfs' "Bavarian" dwelling.

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