Cinema: Thoroughly Maudlin

Thoroughly Modern Millie. It would take a miracle of invention to find fresh ness in so well-traveled a territory as the 1920s. Unhappily, miracles are difficult to find in this return trip to the decade of Hot Jazz, the Noble Experiment and the Emancipated Woman.

In a fairy-tale format, this song-and-dance film tells the story of Millie (Julie Andrews), a fresh-faced flapper in mad Manhattan circa 1922. As she sets out for her "adventures," Millie bobs her hair, raises her hemline and buys a string of beads. After peering down at her torso, she flutters her eyelids at the camera, whereupon the...

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