"Most of us have laughed along to Florence Foster Jenkins butchering the Queen of the Night's aria. It has become a party classic and for good reason. It's nice to know a little about the woman other than that she was the worst "professional" opera singer of the 20th century. With no actual footage of her performing, the makers of this film have done a masterful job of telling her story and explaining her "craft."
"This respectful and thoughtful treatment of one of music's greatest oddities is not done at all in the manner one might have imagined."
"While the subject herself is one often lampooned and spoken of chiefly in humor, Donald Collup's treatment of Ms. Foster Jenkins is respectful, never glib or
condescending. Indeed, one is in a matter of minutes transported almost as if
by magic to the early 20th century and the rarified world of ladies' music societies,
witness the burgeoning of the commercialization of arts, private clubs, and a society that has long since faded into obscurity. It's a fascinating world rich with social columns and scandal, clandestine love affairs, and makes Jenkins' story come alive as though she'd only just left us. Yes, you will crack up watching it - but it also tugs at the heartstrings in a manner I suspect few will be prepared for."
"It is a thought provoking, and remarkable film."
"Florence Foster Jenkins was in some ways a national treasure who certainly shared her love of music in her own unique way. She is a part of American music folklore, one that contributed to legendary stories and great amusement over her varied gifts. Mr. Collup has created an honest, loving, and ultimately touching portrait of a remarkable soul. His tribute is certainly one of the most honest of all the recent works attempting to tell her story, complete with amazing photographs and recordings of her singular vocal performances."
"Anyone who sings should be in touch with the story of Florence Foster Jenkins. She showed that friends can sustain a person, to a point. It's a sad story about a fine woman who meant well. As a singer, I know many people like her."
"Every fan of Opera, Music, and Comedy should own this DVD. For an ice breaker after the second round of drinks - THIS is the DVD to play. Jenkins certainly lived in a world ALL her own."
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