George Gershwin died before he was 40, but his music continues to be a source of delight and inspiration. Like NIGHT AND DAY and WORDS AND MUSIC--film biographies about Cole Porter and Rogers and Hart, respectively--RHAPSODY IN BLUE has little to do with the real
life of its subject,
but, as is the case with those films, its subject's wonderful songs are the main attraction. In telling its story of the Gershwin Brothers' rise to fame from Manhattan's Lower East Side, RHAPSODY IN BLUE offers the usual scenes of song-plugging, struggle, failure, rehearsals, and backstage life;
episodes in New York, London, and Paris; goes so far as to invent a character who ne...