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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)
Otto Wallburg ...
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Carl-Heinz Schroth ...
Pepi, his Secretary (as Carl Heinz Schroth)
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The Countess
Adele Sandrock ...
The Princess
Margarete Kupfer ...
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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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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

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

The Gala Opera performance features Borodin's Polotsvian Dances. These were first performed in 1890, sixty-five years after the film is set. See more »

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Featured in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood: End of an Era (1995) See more »

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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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Classic Film Operetta
22 February 1999 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

It may not be perfect technically, but this is a sensual, made with great fun, original, capricious and extravagant operetta. It has elegance, a great cast, brilliant music and songs, wit, great sets; some scenes are even a bit bizarre and fetishistic. This is not a filmed operetta, but a real film-operetta. More than just direct, Erik Charell choreographed the film. Although the film stands on its own feet, the influence of Ernst Lubitsch (pictures) is evident.

Amongst the memorable scenes (and there are many) there is the - in its time

  • technically challenging sequence with energetic Lilian Harvey singing "Das


gibt's nur einmal". Indeed: many operetta films have been made, but none so innovative, brilliant as this one.

This first and only German film of Erik Charell is not only a classic of early German sound film, showing all the capabilities of the UFA, but also a promising start of a film career that was not to be realized: Charell had to leave Nazi-Germany and was unable to continue his career as a film director abroad. It is curious that the film was banned by Goebbels only but in October 1937.


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