Finian’s Rainbow (1968) – A reassessment by George

I’ve been thinking about this film and my review for days now, and I think I was wrong-headed and heavy-handed. It’s a fantasy, for pete’s sake, and a very lovely one. And if the studio decided to go with the original plot from the stage play of 1947, AND I enjoyed it so much, well, I should just accept it as an imaginative work from a period not my own, and get over myself.
First, I loved it so much I ordered the DVD (always a sucker for a musical that touches me). And second, in the final shots Senator Rawkins, former bigot, is standing with the good people  of Rainbow Valley, IN Rainbow Valley, and he has felt the prejudice of white folks, and he has grown and changed. So I’ve decided to calm down and celebrate that.

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