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Congress Dances (1931)

Der Kongreß tanzt (original title)
Vienna glove-sales-lady Christl falls in love to Czar Alexander. Metternich tries to use this to keep him out of the conferences of the Vienna Congress from 1815.

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Cast

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Czar Alexander of Russia (as Willi Fritsch)
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Carl-Heinz Schroth ...
Pepi, his Secretary (as Carl Heinz Schroth)
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The Countess
Adele Sandrock ...
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Margarete Kupfer ...
The Countess
Julius Falkenstein ...
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Max Gülstorff ...
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Heurigen Singer
Boris Romanoff ...
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Vienna glove-sales-lady Christl falls in love to Czar Alexander. Metternich tries to use this to keep him out of the conferences of the Vienna Congress from 1815. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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25 April 1932 (USA)  »

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This film's song 'das gibt's nur einmal, das kommt nicht wieder', can also be heard in Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' See more »

Goofs

At the Vienna Congress held in 1815 the orchestra in a canteen played Franz Schubert's "Military March," which was composed in 1818. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Das gibt's nur einmal, das kommt nie wieder
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Robert Gilbert
Sung by Lilian Harvey
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Amazing
26 December 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Der Kongress tanzt is a German operetta move, but it's not as awful as that sounds. In fact, it's pretty remarkable.

The movie has a wit reminiscent of Lubitsch and scenes that seem almost too dirty for their times (including a very funny almost-s&m scene), which director Erik Charell films with breathtaking virtuosity.

There's a musical sequence where the heroine rides in a carriage to her new villa, filmed in long takes where the camera just tracks and tracks and tracks, through the village, through the market place, through the fields and then goes on as she walks into the house, one of the most visually amazing musical numbers I've seen.

Erik Charell was a Jew whose career was cut short by the Nazi's. He fled to the US, but apparently never made it in Hollywood and now only has two film credits to his name. A tremendous shame because, based on the evidence of this film, he could have been one of the greats.


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