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||IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 from 649 votes
||Release: 16 April 1954 (USA) /
||Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
||Director: Charles Vidor,
||Stars: Barbara Bates, Birgit Nielsen, Celia Lovsky, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Raine, Jacqueline Duval, John Ericson, Louis Calhern, Madge Blake, Michael Chekhov, Norma Nevens, Richard Hageman, Richard Lupino, Stuart Whitman, Vittorio Gassman
||Synopsis: A rich, young beauty, Louise Durant, follows the man she loves and hopes to marry to Zurich where he studies violin at the conservatory. A piano student at the conservatory falls madly in love with Louise. The violinist loves his music first and Louise second. The pianist loves Louise first and his music second. Louise must ultimately choose which man she wants. Written by [email protected]
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"Rhapsody" is not the bad movie some of the comments to IMDb seem to
indicate. While this was a film typical of the time when it was made,
it offers some of the most glorious music ever heard in a Hollywood
picture. The music takes center stage in the movie. As interpreted by
Michael Rabin and Claudio Arrau, among others, Tchaikowsky, Liszt and
Rachmaninoff were never given such loving tribute as in this film.
Charles Vidor directed this adaptation of a novel that might have been
well regarded, enough to be brought to the screen. Ruth and August
Goetz are given credit for the screen play. The Goetzes wrote many
plays, among them, "The Heiress". Fay and Michael Kanin also
contributed to the adaptation.
The story of Louise "Lulu" Durant, a spoiled rich girl, that defied her
father into following what she thought was the love of her life, turns
out to be a nightmare. Lulu was not prepared to play second fiddle, no
pun intended, to anyone, let alone Paul Bronte, the talented, but
egotistical violinist that is only in love with his career.
The story, by the way, takes place in Zurich, and not Munich, as
someone reported in another comment. Lulu, who has ambitions of
becoming a pianist, promptly realizes she is a lousy player and heeds
the advice of the wise professor Schuman, but she makes the mistake of
staying around, getting bored because Paul has only time for his music
and not for her.
Enter James Guest, an American pianist. He falls in love with the
beautiful Lulu, only to be rejected. When Paul becomes the toast of the
music world, he breaks from Lulu, who in turn marries James on the
rebound. Ultimately, Lulu realizes that James is the one that is real
and the only one that cares for her and there's a happy ending when he
makes a stunning debut playing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto.
Elizabeth Taylor, in all her beauty, is seen as the ravishing creature
she was in those years. She made an impression as the spoiled "papa's
girl" that she was. In this film, as well as all those Ms. Taylor made
during those years, she projects such a loving presence that is hard to
find fault with her acting. This actress showed such magnetism and
charisma in her films, something perhaps no one else can match.
Vittorio Gassman was perhaps Italy's best modern actor. He was trying
to break into American movies. As Paul Bronte, he makes quite an
impression. He was dashing and had the presence and good looks to play
opposite his gorgeous costar.
John Ericson shows he had potential to go far in the business.
Unfortunately he never made it big in Hollywood. He was an accomplished
actor who deserved better. Louis Calhern as Nicholas Durant, Lulu's
father had only a few scenes in the movie, so it is puzzling for one to
agree with another comment about how he carried the film on his
shoulders. If it was, it remains a mystery to us. Mr. Calhern was a
fine actor who show a natural elegance to every thing he did in the
Ms. Taylor is dressed by Helen Rose, one of the best in the business.
Ms. Rose designs are an asset; anything that Elizabeth Taylor wore in
the film enhanced her figure and gave the viewer an opportunity to see
her as the film goddess was always was.
Tags for Rhapsody Full Movie
, Birgit Nielsen
, Celia Lovsky
, Elizabeth Taylor
, Jack Raine
, Jacqueline Duval
, John Ericson
, Louis Calhern
, Madge Blake
, Michael Chekhov
, Norma Nevens
, Richard Hageman
, Richard Lupino
, Stuart Whitman
, Vittorio Gassman
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