More on Cole Porter
Writing about De-lovely in Oh, the Songs! A trip to the moon on gossamer wings, Derbyshire encourages us
To remind yourself of, or discover, a popular culture that did not insult its consumers, go to see De-Lovely. And if the stagey conceits, gym-rat physiques, feeble dialogue, and unexplored subtleties irritate you, just relax and listen to the songs, the songs, the beautiful clever songs of Cole Porter.
He also touches on the marriage, alliteration and assonance, muscles, botox, recitativo intros, and sophistication. I agree with him: they just don’t write songs like they used to.