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Moonlight Sonata (1937)

 |  Romance, Drama  |  9 May 1938 (USA)
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In this romantic tale Paderewski, the famed pianist, and two other plane crash survivors are guests of a Swedish baroness. Interwoven throughout this gentle and charming story are exquisite... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Ignacy Jan Paderewski ...
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
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Marie Tempest ...
Baroness Lindenborg
Barbara Greene ...
Ingrid Hansen
Eric Portman ...
Mario de la Costa
W. Graham Brown ...
Dr. Kurt Broman
Queenie Leonard ...
Margit
Laurence Hanray ...
Mr. Bishop
Binkie Stuart ...
Eric and Ingrid's Child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bryan Powley ...
Nils
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In this romantic tale Paderewski, the famed pianist, and two other plane crash survivors are guests of a Swedish baroness. Interwoven throughout this gentle and charming story are exquisite piano solos performed superbly by the elderly pianist, Paderewski. Written by Lora64

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9 May 1938 (USA)  »

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Mondscheinsonate  »

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The aircraft on the "transcontinental flight", presumably from Stockholm to Paris, and which landed safely, rather than crashed, after a mechanical failure, is a British registered de Havilland 84 Dragon. Unfortunately one of the characters hides the registration markings. See more »

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Featured in The Art of Piano (1999) See more »

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Heroic Polonaise
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Played by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
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An extraordinary document, of two legendary players
31 August 2002 | by (Richmond) – See all my reviews

The main question hanging over this film is - how did it come to be

made? How did they ever persuade Paderewski to take part? He

speaks his lines very slowly, but with impressive dignity - he is

playing himself - and the overhead shots of his hands as he plays

the Beethoven, Chopin and Paderewski selections are marvellous. The other reason for seeing the film is the

performance by Dame Marie Tempest as the Swedish Countess,

into whose castle the people who have been in the plane crash

are invited. The script gives her virtually nothing to do, but she

makes an extraordinary impression and it's easy to imagine,

watching her timing, the beautiful gestures and the lovely

cadences of her voice (remember, she was a pupil of the great

singing teacher Manuel Garcia) what a sensational stage

performer she must have been. The story is sentimental, but everyone seems to enter into it with

great energy. The sets are designed by Laurence Irving (grandson

of Henry Irving) and they are large and handsome in a very 1930s

'modern' way.


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