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re: Link to the 1958 TV broadcast of Cole Porter’s “Aladdin.”
Last Edit: singleticket 11:18 pm EDT 06/10/21
Posted by: singleticket 11:16 pm EDT 06/10/21
In reply to: re: Link to the 1958 TV broadcast of Cole Porter’s “Aladdin.” - keikekaze 10:05 pm EDT 06/10/21

Aladdin turns out to not actually be from the original "Thousand and One Nights" but an addition by its French translator.

It's interesting that the Cole Porter Aladdin, being pre-Disney, seems based more on the 19th century English pantomimes. The Chinoiserie was probably added to performance tradition of the Aladdin pantomine sometime in the 19th century.

I found the yellowface hard to take. I don't agree that its storytale setting makes it less disturbing.

I found Sal Mineo and Anna Maria Alberghetti to be rather charming as a couple. Mineo's meager vocal performance was rather endearing. And Alberghetti's voice, lovely.

But on the whole, I found Cole Porter's jazzy songs ill matched with the show's orientalist orchestral fourishes. A rather sad farewell to a brilliant career.

The Du Pont odes to the joys of freon were chilling, no pun intended.
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