The opening sequence of Rouben Mamoulian’s exquisite 1932 landmark film, regarded as the first screen musical in which songs and dramatic action are truly integrated, exemplifies why Mamoulian was one of Hollywood’s major innovators and stylists. The film begins with a symphony of sounds and images of Paris at dawn. By the time Maurice Chevalier (center) opens his tailor’s shop and sings--a little later on--Rodgers and Hart’s “Isn’t It Romantic?,” the refrains repeating and building until we reach the balcony of late-sleeping princess Jeanette MacDonald (right), who completes the song, Mamoulian has transported us to a world in which everything is possible--even a princess falling in love with a tailor. With Myrna Loy (left) (AMC early Wednesday at 12:15 a.m.)
Other selected four-star films airing this week:
America, America / Bravo, Monday, 9 a.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.
A Hard Day’s Night / AMC, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Follow the Fleet / AMC, early Tuesday, 2:15 a.m.
A Matter of Life and Death / Bravo, Wednesday, 5 and 11 p.m.; Thursday, 11:15 a.m.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance / TNT, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Ride the High Country / TNT, Saturday, 10 a.m.