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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ignacy Jan Paderewski ...
Himself
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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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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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Minuet in G
Composed by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Played by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
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Good Things Are Worth Waiting For
6 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

The great Paderewski, the concert pianist who became Prime Minister of Poland, plays himself in a very strange film.

Some victims of a plane accident find themselves marooned in the house of a countess. All these people have problems with their lives, and it is like a 1930s soap opera. But the little stories are so cleverly put together that in each case there is only one solution to the problem: if only...if only...Paderewski would play the first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata...then all problems will be solved, and everything will be all right.

The expectation rises as the film heads towards its close. And finally the wild-haired maestro sits down at the grand, and plays the first movement. And it just goes to show that good things really are worth waiting for. However lightweight we thought the film was to begin with, it is all swept away as we listen to the great man play. The performance is wonderful.

Anybody who loves good music must see this film.


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