The Great Ziegfeld movie matched with war time grub

Starring William Powell, Myrna Loy and Luise Rainer

Rating 5/10


– This fictional biography follows the life and career of Florenz Ziegfeld Jnr. Ziegfeld was a Broadway producer, known mostly for The Ziegfeld Follies; musical productions performed on Broadway from 1918 until 1920. These were big, huge, out of control productions. Beautiful women in elaborate costumes donned the stage as famous performers entertained the audience. Names such as W.C Fields, Fanny Brice (who makes a cameo appearance in this movie) and Marilyn Miller were some of the names that drew the crowds. This film looks into what the ‘Follies’ were really like.
– It all begins with Ziegfeld (Powell) himself, an ambitious producer down on his luck. He hears his arch enemy, Billings (Frank Morgan), talking about signing French entertainer, Anna Held (Rainer). With wiggly, evil fingers and a glint in his eye, Ziegfeld decides to snap her up before his foe. Though he has no money he has loads of charm which convinces the witless Held to sign with him. Anna Held is an emotional helium balloon. She is full of high pitched air, floating around with eyelashes flapping. She is almost manic with her moods, altering by the minute.
– They eventually marry but jealousy grows as Ziegfeld plans a new project with a new leading lady. This results in divorce and Zieggy marries his new leading lady, Billie Burke (cool name by the way!). The Ziegfeld Follies are thus born and thrust into the history books of popular culture. In the end, Zieggy retires to his grave a desperately sad man. His ambition drives him to succeed but is ultimately defeated by the Stock Market Crash in 1929.


Start your Broadway/fantabulastical meal with a bit of a celebratory drinky and an apt little number – the famous Manhattan Cocktail from Your Living City.

And line that tummy with these delicious and ooo-la-la crunchy delights! Yup, they’re Double-Corn Fritters with Dungeness Crab Crème Fraîche recipe from Epicurious.


Image: Epicurious


Hold onto your hats fellas, this girl is going to explode! All the emotion, the creative genius. Welcome to the movie that is, The Great Ziegfeld.

This film thrives on drama. Luise Rainer’s performance is quite moving, depicting a flighty starlet on the edge. Unless, of course, Rainer was simply playing herself. It is that convincing, I wonder. The rest of the cast is fine and the story ok. Not sure if it is Oscar material, though. This film does not stand out for me as one of the best of all time. Perhaps it was the era or the melodrama or the story. It is entirely watchable but not spectacular.

Main meal:

There’s nothing more luxurious than a steak cooked to perfection and I can imagine those Ziegfelds tucking into this beauty – Porterhouse with Lemon-Thyme Butter recipe from Saveur.


Image: Saveur

The Great Ziegfeld Trivia:

  • Budget -$2 Million dollars (wowa).
  • The number, A Pretty Girl is like a Melody cost $220,000 alone after two weeks of rehearsing and two long takes.
  • Universal was the original production house but when costs blew out they sold the film to MGM.
  • Myrna Loy and William Powell made fourteen films together.


How’s this for a sweet sweet?! This is the uber-tasty Foam Torte from Kitchen Historic. It’s kinda like the typical Aussie Pavlova but more pie-like. Yumsie.

Don’t you just love Broadway-themed movies?

More great films matched with food:

* The Life of Emile Zola film paired with fabbo French food
You Can’t Take it with You movie matched with Depression recipes
* On the Waterfront film paired with Italian mobster food