Haunting and poignant; the best of Rodgers and Hammerstein, sans the corn and cotton candy fluff of other works. This remake of the famous stage play and the Fritz Lang and Frank Borzage-directed adaptations of LILIOM emerges as a wonderful and touching fantasy.
It begins with MacRae as a spirit in Heaven who begs the starkeeper for a visit back to Earth to help his teenage daughter understand his death and prepare her for high-school graduation. Seen in flashback, carny barker MacRae, a brash, dishonest young man living in a New England fishing village
(changed from Ferenc Molnar's original Budapest setting), falls in love with a mill worker, Jones. They marry,...