(Robert Z. Leonard, US 1936, 176 min., 35mm)
Academy Awards at 90. William Powell stars as Florenz Ziegfeld in MGM’s extravagant salute to the equally extravagant Broadway producer. His life and loves (Best Actress winner Luise Rainer as Anna Held; favorite screen partner Myrna Loy as Billie Burke) are chronicled by the shows produced and the fortunes Ziegfeld made and lost. The studio pulled out all the stops on this supremely entertaining biopic that earned five Oscars out of seven nominations. Director Leonard took home the gold for balancing the spectacle with intimate moments between Flo and his many lovers and friends. Significantly it also snagged an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Best Dance Direction for the “Pretty Girl is Like a Melody” number.