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27Apr/17

Review: FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

In the 1940s, New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) dreams of becoming a great opera singer. Unfortunately, her ambition far exceeds her talent. The voice Florence hears in her head is beautiful, but to everyone else it is quite lousy. Her husband St. Clair goes to extreme lengths to make sure his wife never finds out how awful she truly is. When Florence announces her plans for a concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair and Florence’s pianist Cosme (Simon Helberg) soon realize that they’re facing their greatest challenge yet.

> Hugh Grant had originally semi-retired when director Stephen Frears convinced him to star in this film. One of Grant's reasons for participating was in order to act opposite Meryl Streep.

> In real life, Florence Foster Jenkins only released one professional recording.

> Jenkins created all her own outfits and was inspired by the style of "a Mexican señorita" and 18th-century ball gowns among other things. She also designed her pair of heavenly wings. "She was a supreme performer, so her clothes were gorgeously outrageous. They were high camp but with a softness so she drew people in. And she had no embarrassment about how she looked" has costume designer Consolata Boyle said of her appearance.

> In real life, Jenkins handled distribution of the popular tickets herself, in order to exclude professional critics from attending her performances. In the movie, St. Clair handles the tickets.

> Meryl Streep does her own singing and Simon Helberg does his own piano playing.

> The USELESS KNOWLEDGE portion of this review was provided by IMDB.

J Bryant

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