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Strauss' Great Waltz (1934)

Waltzes from Vienna (original title)
Approved | | Biography, Music, Romance | 7 April 1935 (USA)
The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

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Storyline

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 Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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Many people "mistakenly" think that this was Hitchcock's least favorite film. But in 1976 Press Conference for Family Plot with Hitchcock, Hitchcock revealed that his least favorite film was Champagne (1928). See more »

Goofs

The first marriage of Johann Strauss Jr. was to the singer Henrietta Trefz, who was not a baker's daughter. See more »


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Waltz 'Morning Papers' Op.279
Composed by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauß Jr.)
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Disagree with Hitchcock, Waltzes from Vienna is not his worst film
20 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is not his best, not even close, but his worst film is Juno and Paycock with Jamaica Inn and Champagne not far off. Number 17, Under Capricorn and Topaz are also towards the bottom. Waltzes from Vienna does look lovely, sumptuous sets and costumes, good photography and some nice visual flourishes. The music sparkles with beauty and energy throughout, while Edmund Gwenn gives a great performance, Jessie Matthews is charming enough and there's also the Blue Danube scene which is by far the highlight of the film. Esmond Knight does look uncomfortable and can have a tendency to over-act, while Fay Compton under-characterises. The direction has its moments but there is a sense that Hitchcock wasn't particularly interested in the project. The comedy scenes are rather forced and are played too broadly, while the story has a little charm but can be a little dull and silly, with some underdeveloped characters and relationships- that of Johann and Rasi is rather un-engaging- and sub-plots that serve little point and the script is on the talky side. Overall, one of Hitchcock's weakest but not his worst like he considered it to be, of the films of his personally seen there are at least 6 or 7 that are worse. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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