“I’ll never forget it, ya know.”
Bette Midler and her three Harlettes — Ula Hedwig, Diva Gray, and Jocelyn Brown — perform musical and comedic routines in Pasadena, California.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Concert Films
- Stand Up Comedy
Shortly after her Oscar-nominated breakthrough role in The Rose (1979), Bette Midler was filmed (by director Michael Ritchie) performing a live mixture of music and comedy at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. As noted in TCM’s article:
While the film appears to be an entire evening’s performance, it was actually made up of the best segments from four nights of Midler’s engagement at the Civic Auditorium from February 13 – February 16, 1980, captured by ten cameras shooting more than 1.5 million feet of film, and edited together seamlessly over seven months.
Midler’s material is hit-or-miss, and shifts gears quickly. While Midler herself is 110% invested — she knows her audience, and gives everything she’s got — your own enjoyment of the show will depend entirely on how much you appreciate her unique style of raunchy humor and pathos.
It’s not really my cup of tea, but I can see how this would be an invaluable living document for fans of “The Divine Miss M”.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Midler’s obvious joy for her craft
- Midler singing “The Rose”
No, unless you’re a Midler fan. Listed as a Cult Movie in the back of Peary’s book.