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Writers:
Henry Handel Richardson (novel)
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Release Date:
16 April 1954 (USA) See more »
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A rich, young beauty, Louise Durant, follows the man she loves and hopes to marry to Zurich where he studies violin at the conservatory... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Liz won't play second fiddle to anyone...especially a violinist! See more (23 total) »

Cast

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Elizabeth Taylor ... Louise Durant

Vittorio Gassman ... Paul Bronte
John Ericson ... James Guest

Louis Calhern ... Nicholas Durant
Michael Chekhov ... Prof. Schuman

Barbara Bates ... Effie Cahill
Richard Hageman ... Bruno Fürst
Richard Lupino ... Otto Krafft

Celia Lovsky ... Frau Sigerlist

Stuart Whitman ... Dove
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cahill
Jack Raine ... Edmund Streller
Birgit Nielsen ... Madeleine
Jacqueline Duval ... Yvonne
Norma Nevens ... Student Pianist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Arnold ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Max Barwyn ... Patron (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Bit Role (voice) (uncredited)
Katherine Chapman ... Student Doing Vocal Exercises (uncredited)
André Charlot ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Gábor Curtiz ... Waiter (uncredited)
Guy De Vestel ... Bartender (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ... Secretary (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Man in Audience, Final Concert (uncredited)
Maurice Marsac ... French Servant (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Concierge (uncredited)
John Mylong ... Doctor (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... English Butler (uncredited)
Richard Richonne ... Waiter (uncredited)
Irene Seidner ... Landlady (uncredited)
Robert Shafto ... Dresser (uncredited)
Konstantin Shayne ... Professor Kelber (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Manager of the Inn (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Vidor 
 
Writing credits
Henry Handel Richardson (novel "Maurice Guest")

Ruth Goetz (adaptation) &
Augustus Goetz (adaptation)

Fay Kanin  &
Michael Kanin 

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
Harry Jackson (director of photography) (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
John D. Dunning  (as John Dunning)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose (costumes: women)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Editorial Department
Peter Ballbusch .... montage
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant: Technicolor
 
Music Department
Claudio Arrau .... musician: piano solos
Morris Brenner .... music supervisor: violin
Harold Gelman .... music supervisor: piano
Johnny Green .... conductor
Johnny Green .... musical director
Bronislau Kaper .... music adaptor
Michael Rabin .... musician: violin solos
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
 
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Runtime:
115 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Soundtrack:
Concerto #2 In C Minor For Piano And OrchestraSee more »

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Liz won't play second fiddle to anyone...especially a violinist!, 19 September 2005
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

RHAPSODY is a typically lush romantic opus from MGM, conceived as a stunning tribute to the 22 year-old ELIZABETH TAYLOR and surrounding her with some melodious classic music from the two men in her life--JOHN ERICSON and VITTORIO GASSMAN.

All women should have such romantic woes--torn as she is, between two handsome men with matinée idol looks while she watches on the sidelines dressed in smart outfits by Helen Rose, with sophisticated looks at the camera and everyone else in the cast. She is as poised as a marble statue and just as cold and beautiful.

The tale is as wildly improbable as anything Joan Crawford ever did in lush B&W surroundings at Warner Bros. (a la HUMORESQUE), and the story itself is hardly more than routine, presenting Taylor as a spoiled young woman who mistreats men who are too immersed in their careers to notice she's around.

But on the plus side, there's that glorious music and some very convincing finger work by Ericson on the piano and Gassman on the violin. They really look as if they're playing their instruments, and both of them are up to the acting demands of their less than dynamic roles.

Taylor was certainly one of the most photogenic women who ever stepped before a camera, but it's a pity that her talent (at this stage) is not a match for her fabulous wardrobe and glossy, tremulous close-ups that have her torn between two men without ever ruining her make-up with real tears.

Absurd fun, if only for the music and the decent performances, but actually a very routine romantic angle that is a mere trifle against a splendid background of passionate classical pieces.

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