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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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Mondscheinsonate  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Rhapsody
Composed by Franz Liszt
Played by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
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A Must-See for Musical and Piano Fans Alike
10 January 2007 | by (Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

I must say, this film is marvelous. I wasn't expecting very much from it (it was incredibly cheap and paired with films of much lower quality on a compilation DVD) but it pleasantly surprised me.

The only reason I didn't give it a 9 is because the piano concert at the beginning is literally 20 minutes long and I felt it detracted from the overall interest of the film. I feel like one piece by the amazing Paderewski would have been sufficient. His "Moonlight Sonata" literally gave me goosebumps.

Marie Tempest's portrayal of the baroness is superb. She has impeccable timing and brings a lot of spunk to a dully-written character.

I must say that fans of old musicals as well as appreciators of fine piano playing would enjoy this film immensely. It is amazing how much can be said with a gorgeous Beethoven piece and no dialogue at all.


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