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Porgy and Bess

United States, 1959


In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess – a woman with a disreputable history – tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for murder.

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Porgy and Bess Directed by Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1960 | Winner: Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

1960 | 3 nominations including: Best Cinematography, Color

Writers Guild of America

1960 | Nominee: Best Written American Musical (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1960 | Winner: Best Motion Picture - Musical

1960 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress - Comedy or Musical

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