Yolanda and The Thief

A ravishingly beautiful fantasy about a con artist (Astaire) in a mythical Latin American country who convinces a naive heiress (Bremer) that he's her guardian angel. It's a perfect plot to fleece the winsome mark, until love gets other ideas.


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Yolanda and The Thief
 
4.1

(based on 11 reviews)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Beautiful setting (8)
  • High production value (7)
  • Entertaining (6)
  • Great cinematography (6)
  • Engaging characters (4)

Cons

  • Poor plot development (3)

Best Uses

  • At home (5)
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    • Movie buff (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The first step to "The Red Shoes"

This release print has highly saturated color and very few visual flaws (spots or scratches). Soundtrack could be remastered. While this musical is not in the ranks of "Meet Me...Read complete review

This release print has highly saturated color and very few visual flaws (spots or scratches). Soundtrack could be remastered. While this musical is not in the ranks of "Meet Me in St. Louis" or "An American in Paris," it is important to the cinematic development of Vincente Minnelli as a premiere stylist, and is a key to development of film ballet, which grew with "Ziegfeld Follies" and peaked with "The Red Shoes" and the "American in Paris" ballet.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mighty Peculiar

It's hard to know where to start, with this one. The disc is beautiful, an absolutely gorgeous transfer of a technicolor MGM musical that is just plain odd.

The leading...Read complete review

It's hard to know where to start, with this one. The disc is beautiful, an absolutely gorgeous transfer of a technicolor MGM musical that is just plain odd.

The leading lady is Lucile Bremer who, to put it charitably, never caught on with the public. She was producer Arthur Freed's mistress, and it was the archetypal story of a producer falling love with a chorus girl and trying in vain to build her into a star. Bremer just didn't have what it takes. She was the kind of actress who can't walk across a set and look natural doing it. She cerainly didn't have the kind of screen presence that could support a big production like this one.

But Bremer is only one of the movie's problems. The plot, about guardian angels and con men, is just plain weird, not to say outright dopey. The (obviously expensive) production design is a mess; at least three different styles clash in virtually every scene. Some sequences are so overstuffed visually they could give you a headache. The score is likewise really strange (surreal dream sequences interrupted by bouncy little ditties, etc.), and there isn't very much of it at that.

The one big saving grace is that elaborate dream sequence featuring the sublime Fred Astaire; taken on its own, it's absolutely brilliant. In the context of this movie, though, it's jarringly weird.

If Freed hadn't been blinded by his infatuation with Bremer, I doubt this would ever have been made. As it is, it's a sometimes brilliant, frequently oddball product of MGM's legendary Freed unit. The unit turned out enough genuinely important movies to justify its reputation and stature. And we all have our misfires. This is one of theirs--and it's a beaut.

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3.0

Mighty Peculiar

By Awash in Movies

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

  • Beautiful Setting
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value

Cons

  • Poor Plot Development

Best Uses

  • At Home

Comments about Yolanda and The Thief:

It's hard to know where to start, with this one. The disc is beautiful, an absolutely gorgeous transfer of a technicolor MGM musical that is just plain odd.

The leading lady is Lucile Bremer who, to put it charitably, never caught on with the public. She was producer Arthur Freed's mistress, and it was the archetypal story of a producer falling love with a chorus girl and trying in vain to build her into a star. Bremer just didn't have what it takes. She was the kind of actress who can't walk across a set and look natural doing it. She cerainly didn't have the kind of screen presence that could support a big production like this one.

But Bremer is only one of the movie's problems. The plot, about guardian angels and con men, is just plain weird, not to say outright dopey. The (obviously expensive) production design is a mess; at least three different styles clash in virtually every scene. Some sequences are so overstuffed visually they could give you a headache. The score is likewise really strange (surreal dream sequences interrupted by bouncy little ditties, etc.), and there isn't very much of it at that.

The one big saving grace is that elaborate dream sequence featuring the sublime Fred Astaire; taken on its own, it's absolutely brilliant. In the context of this movie, though, it's jarringly weird.

If Freed hadn't been blinded by his infatuation with Bremer, I doubt this would ever have been made. As it is, it's a sometimes brilliant, frequently oddball product of MGM's legendary Freed unit. The unit turned out enough genuinely important movies to justify its reputation and stature. And we all have our misfires. This is one of theirs--and it's a beaut.

 
3.0

Off-beat Astaire

By Film buff

from Pittsburgh, pa

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Pros

  • Beautiful Setting
  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining

Cons

  • Poor Plot Development

Best Uses

  • At Home

Comments about Yolanda and The Thief:

Different kind of musical, but glad it's on DVD. Not for everyone.

 
2.0

Disappointing

By DrG

from Albany, CA

About Me Casual Viewer

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Pros

  • Beautiful Setting
  • High Production Value

Cons

  • Disappointing
  • Poor Plot Development
  • Weak Cast

Best Uses

    Comments about Yolanda and The Thief:

    Did I see the same motion picture that the other reviewers here saw?

    I was thoroughly disappointed with this film. It's one of the strangest "musicals" I've ever seen, if you can call it a musical as it only has about three songs in it, none of which are standouts, all the more surprising as they are by the great Harry Warren (and Arthur Freed).

    The print is great, sound good. Dancing great. But that doesn't make up for a bizarre plot, and a wooden performance by Lucille Bremer. And Astaire plays a heel who is reformed at the end of the film. Ugh!

     
    5.0

    Lovely mix of fantasy and whimsy

    By CJ

    from Albuquerque, NM

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    Pros

    • Beautiful Setting
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value

    Cons

    • No chemistry between Asta

    Best Uses

      Comments about Yolanda and The Thief:

      This is mainly to second the review by "Movie Guy Kev" above. I had previously seen this film only on VHS. The saturated color and image resolution of this disc are a revelation, which lend superb support to the film's odd mixture of fantasy, pathos and whimsy. This film will probably always be a special taste (like Minelli's "The Pirate" just a few years later). It seems slightly out of balance, because there is little romantic chemistry between Astaire and Bremer, but once one suspends disbelief, it is thoroughly enchanting.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Enchanting surprise!

      By Tommy 'Pickles'

      from Philadelphia, PA

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      Pros

      • Beautiful Setting
      • Dazzling Technicolor
      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • High Production Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Brighten your mood
        • Lift your spirits

        Comments about Yolanda and The Thief:

        I'd never heard of Yolanda and the Thief before Warner Archive offered it. The reviews on IMDB convinced me to give it a chance. What an enchanting surprise! From the first scenes of a candy-colored sunrise, this is the most richly colored movie I've ever seen. It's an over the rainbow fantasy in the land of Patria, which must be on the other side of the Emerald City from Munchkinland. Where else would the girls uniforms at the convent school be a bright, shimmering scarlet? Ralph Morgan is here in Professor Marvel mode, and Mildred Natwick is very funny as a sort of good witch of the South. Fred Astaire is a thief who is reformed by the love of the young millionairess who comes home to her fortune from the convent school. Good humor, engaging characters, and some breath-taking musical numbers (including one with Fred playing a harp that appears to be strung with colored yarn) make this a delight all the way up to Leon Ames' surprising revelation. A real winner!

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Quality

        By Tom

        from Morgantown, Kentucky

        About Me Movie Buff

        Pros

        • Beautiful Setting
        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Excellent Special Effects
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about Yolanda and The Thief:

          "Yolanda and the Thief" is not a perfect musical film, but there are portions of it that are, which is one of the reasons this is such an interesting movie. Positive first: It is one of the most visually stunning musicals of the 40s, with wonderful music (except the opening song), choreography ahead of its time, and surprising humor. That is enough to make it a very fine film, worth watching again and again. As for the negatives: The opening of the film is terribly weak, the script is uneven, and the beautiful and talented Lucille Bremer is not a great actress. Still I think that it should rank just below some of the MGM greats. Too bad it didn't make bank when it came out. When audiences were flocking to see more heart-warming pictures like "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "The Harvey Girls," you can understand why this one might have seemed a bit strange in 1945.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          The first step to "The Red Shoes"

          By Andy CF

          from Brockton, MA

          About Me Movie Buff

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          Pros

          • Great Cinematography
          • Great dancing
          • Memorable ballet scenes
          • Surreal ballets
          • Terrific arrangements

          Cons

          • Lacks magic and charm
          • Second rate songs
          • Weakly developed story

          Best Uses

          • Freed Unit Musical
          • Historical Perspective

          Comments about Yolanda and The Thief:

          This release print has highly saturated color and very few visual flaws (spots or scratches). Soundtrack could be remastered. While this musical is not in the ranks of "Meet Me in St. Louis" or "An American in Paris," it is important to the cinematic development of Vincente Minnelli as a premiere stylist, and is a key to development of film ballet, which grew with "Ziegfeld Follies" and peaked with "The Red Shoes" and the "American in Paris" ballet.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          "Yolanda and the Thief" on DVD

          By Judith K.

          from Park Forest, IL

          About Me Movie Buff

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          Pros

          • Beautiful Setting
          • Entertaining
          • Excellent Special Effects
          • Great Cinematography
          • High Production Value

          Cons

          • A little or a lot fey

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
          • For Fred Astaire fans

          Comments about Yolanda and The Thief:

          This is a mint DVD copy of Vincente Minnelli's "Yolanda and the Thief. One extra is added: the trailer for the film. No commentary nor notes are attached to the release.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW! YOLANDA NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD!

          By MOVIE MAN KEV

          from Santa Monica, CA

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          Pros

          • Beautiful Setting
          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Glorious Technicolor
          • Great Cinematography
          • High Production Value
          • MGM Magic

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home

            Comments about Yolanda and The Thief:

            A film ahead of its time! A visual fantasy set to music with the geniuses Minnelli and Astaire creating an irresistible cinematic gem.

            Until this DVD I had only known this film from TCM broadcasts and old VHS and laser disc versions.

            This new DVD is a KNOCKOUT. Sharp, crisp image, and all the delicacy of the Technicolor design are gorgeously captured here. A film so dependent on its visuals needs to look great, and it has never looked great to my eye...until now.

            Salutations to Warner Brothers for creating a YOLANDA that finally does its creators proud.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Treasure of a Musical

            By Bill

            from Lakewood, CO

            About Me Movie Buff

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • High-spirited
            • Print Quality
            • Production Design

            Cons

            • None I can think of

            Best Uses

            • Lovers of Musicals

            Comments about Yolanda and The Thief:

            A Minnelli musical is always a visual feast, and this movie is no exception. If today's filmmakers were making musicals this way, I believe the genre would be a lot more popular. This is "eye candy" at its best.

            In "Ziegfeld Follies" (filmed just prior to this movie), Minnelli directed Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer in a number called "This Heart of Mine", which has Astaire playing a jewel thief who plans to pocket Bremer's jewels at a fancy dress ball. Of course, they fall in love instead. The number dazzles the eyes with rich Technicolor, elaborate moving scenery and superb dancing. It is one of the few highlights in an otherwise disjointed and uninspired movie.

            "Yolanda and the Thief" seems like a feature-length follow-uo to "This Heart of Mine", with the same high-concept costumes, sets and dancing---and the same basic plot. The plot really isn't important, though---this is a movie for the senses, so just sit back and watch and listen.

            Somehow, the Warner Archive has come up with a nearly flawless video representation of the Technicolor hues---both the pastels and the vivid primary colors. It's a nice improvement over the previous laserdisc release. The sound is also quite good. I really can't think of anything bad about this release.

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