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Operette (1940)

 -  Musical  -  4 June 1949 (USA)
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Willi Forst ...
Franz Jauner
Maria Holst ...
Maria Geistinger
Dora Komar ...
Emmi Krall
Paul Hörbiger ...
Alexander Girardi
Leo Slezak ...
Franz von Suppé
Edmund Schellhammer ...
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Karl Millöcker
Siegfried Breuer ...
Fürst Hohenburg
Gustav Waldau ...
Ferdinand - Emmis alter Lehrer
Theodor Danegger ...
Tundler
Trude Marlen ...
Antonie Link
Viktor Heim ...
Hans Makart
Alfred Neugebauer ...
Graf Esterhazy
Heinz Woester ...
Prof. Dr. Eichgraber
Ferdinand Mayerhofer ...
Dr. Molzer - Rechtsanwalt
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Ich heute ja so verliebt
Music Willy Schmidt Gentner
Sung by Elfie Mayerhofer
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CHARMING AND MELANCHOLIC
30 March 1999 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

It was in a 1963 interview that Willy Forst said that from 1938 onwards he made his most Austrian films. That is: he showed an Austria that had ceased to be, even as a fantasy.

Operette is a fine example. It has charm, tenderness and wit; it is galant and melancholic. Forst's directing is as always that of the light touch which gives the film a feeling of charm (though the influence of Karl Hartl is unclear to me). Of course Forst was helped by a very good script by his regular (co)writer Eggebrecht, that cleverly and plausibly romanticizes the lives of 3 main operetta composers.

It brought together 2 gentlemen of the German/Austrian cinema: Forst himself and Siegfried Breuer in main parts. The overall splendid cast includes Curd Jürgens who is almost unrecognizable. The music is played brilliantly by the Wiener Philharmoniker; the ballets and dances are graceful.

That is what film is about: to bring back alive an already dead fantasy.


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