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A Song to Remember (1945)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 18 January 1945 (USA)
Biography of Frederic Chopin.

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Prof. Joseph Elsner guides his protégé Frydryk Chopin through his formative years to early adulthood in Poland. At a recital in a duke's home Chopin insults the new Russian-installed governor, and must flee the country. The professor takes him to Paris, where he eventually comes under the wing and influence of novelist George Sand and rises to prominence in the music world, to the exclusion of his old friends and patriotic feelings towards Poland. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Unforgettable Love Story of Chopin and George Sand Set Against the Background of Chopin's Glorious Music!

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Was originally set to be directed by Frank Capra following Lost Horizon (1937) and to star Francis Lederer as Chopin, Paul Muni as Elsner and Marlene Dietrich as George Sand after an attempt to borrow Spencer Tracy and Greta Garbo from MGM failed. Production delays on 'Lost Horizon' forced Capra to abandon the project until Columbia Pictures revived the project in 1944 with Charles Vidor directing and Paul Muni appearing as Elsner. Capra sued for breach of contract in 1946 but the lawsuit was eventually was settled out of court. See more »

Goofs

A modern wrist-watch can be seen on Chopin's left wrist in the brief close-up of 'his' hands playing the piano at 1 h 42 m. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Joseph Elsner: What's going on here? Is the reception over?
Alfred DeMusset: For some people, yes. For others, just beginning.
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Connections

Referenced in Varieté (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

The piano music of Frédéric Chopin is played by José Iturbi
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Well done, albeit "Hollywoodized," biography of Chopin
11 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie. I realize that many of the facts of Chopin's life have been altered in order to make an appealing story which fits into a normal-length movie. Despite this, this movie has much to commend it, starting with the fact that it is filled with some of the best music Chopin -- or anyone, for that matter -- ever wrote (played, I believe, by Jose Iturbi). Also, unlike one reviewer, I find it well cast, and well acted as well -- in the style of the time in which it was made. In my view this movie is characteristic of both the strong points and flaws of Hollywood's golden age.


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