I’ve always been quite a Stephen Sondheim nut. I discovered him in High School and, by the time I finished college, I’d seen some version of almost all of his shows.
A Little Night Music is not my favorite of them, but I do think it has some lovely music. In 1977 a film version of the show was made with Elizabeth Taylor which, in all honestly, wasn’t very good. Film Critic Pauline Kael famously said of it: “This picture has been made as? if the director (Harold Prince) had never seen a movie.”
But, as with the show, I think the movie has some very lovely music in it. And the sequence above is one of them, which takes the opening overture waltz of the stage show and makes it into a new arrangement and song called “Love Takes Time.”
Taylor’s voice is dubbed (as she didn’t have the skill to sing in such a high soprano), but she still looks quite lovely. Really, she was one of the last classic movies stars around, with almost an almost regal-like beauty.