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Kismet

  • Film
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Time Out says

Magicians and caliphs, poets and lovers, all involved in Arabian Nights-style romantic intrigues: the ideal material, one would have thought, for a full-blown exotic musical. But despite the ripe melodies borrowed from Borodin and the expensively luscious sets, it never really takes off, thanks partly to a less than top-notch cast, partly to Minnelli's often indifferent direction. Minnelli himself has commented: 'Arthur (Freed) had already asked me to direct the picture, but I didn't relate to it, and declined. Now I was being asked again (by Dore Schary), and the implication was that I wouldn't get the Van Gogh picture (Lust for Life) if I didn't direct Kismet. I capitulated...'
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Release Details

  • Duration:113 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Vincente Minnelli
  • Screenwriter:Charles Lederer, Luther Davis
  • Cast:
    • Howard Keel
    • Ann Blyth
    • Dolores Gray
    • Monty Woolley
    • Sebastian Cabot
    • Vic Damone
    • Jay C Flippen
    • Mike Mazurki
    • Jack Elam
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