The Moliere players are in their dressing room, getting ready to go on set. One actor mentions to another that his face reminds him of an opportunist turncoat he knew when he was in the ... See full summary »
Schani, Johan Strauss Jr., is forced by his father to forget music and to work in a bakery. Here he falls in love with Resi. The girl gets very jealous when a rich and beautiful contessa asks Schani to write a waltz for her. Schani writes and plays it, but he is always loyal to his girlfriend. Written by
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Alfred Hitchcock said about this film " . . . naturally every cut in the film was worked out on script before shooting begins. But more than that, the musical cuts were worked out, too." In certain sequences the images were deliberately cut to conform to the rhythm of the music. Frequently, Hitchcock adds, music can supplement cutting, more especially in quiet scenes where its comment on mood and tone can sometimes be more subtle than the interplay of images which is so important in moments of violence: "Film music and cutting have a great deal in common. The purpose of both is to create tempo and mood of the scene. And, just as the ideal cutting is the kind you don't notice as cutting, so with music". See more »
When Strauss is in the bakery, standing by the batter mixer, the complete waltz comes him. Just as he turns away, his back is spattered with dough, but an instant later he back is clear again. See more »
Strauss's Great Waltz will go down as your most atypical Alfred Hitchcock film. Mainly because at this time he was not an icon in the film profession but a contract director Gaumont-British Pictures. The Hitchcock stamp is definitely not on this one.
But it is the only musical in his career so you would think something better would have come from it, especially since he had the United Kingdom's number one musical star at the time Jessie Matthews. Who has no real musical numbers, talk about strange. Her singing and dancing talents may have been left on the cutting room floor.
The story was covered far better in MGM's high gloss film, The Great Waltz. Young Johann Strauss, Jr. is considered by his father to be the least promising of his offspring and the senior Strauss Edmund Gwenn ridicules his efforts at composing at every opportunity. Young Strauss who is Esmond Knight in this film has even gone to work in a bakery, in real life Strauss wanted his son to be a banker.
Countess Fay Compton however encourages Knight's genius and we all know what happened after that.
The musical with book and lyrics by Guy Bolton had a nice run on the London Stage. Obviously Hitchcock just didn't have his heart in this assignment and sadly the results show.
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