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Song Without End (1960)

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The romantic story of Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt (Dirk Bogarde), whose scandalous love affair forced him to abandon his adoring audiences.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Princess Carolyne Wittgenstein
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Countess Marie D'Agoult
Patricia Morison ...
Georges Sand
Ivan Desny ...
Prince Nicholas
Martita Hunt ...
Grand Duchess
Lou Jacobi ...
Potin
Albert Rueprecht ...
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Chelard
Lyndon Brook ...
Walter Rilla ...
Archbishop
Hans Unterkircher ...
Czar
Erland Erlandsen ...
Sigismond Thalberg (as E. Erlandsen)
Alexander Davion ...
Frederic Chopin (as Alex Davion)
Katherine Squire ...
Anna Liszt
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The romantic story of Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt (Dirk Bogarde), whose scandalous love affair forced him to abandon his adoring audiences.

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His Scandalous Affairs Shocked the World!

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Release Date:

14 October 1960 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Crescendo  »

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(Westrex Recording System)| (Westrex Recording System)

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(Pathécolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Charles Vidor had completed about 15 percent of the picture when he died on 4 June 1959. He was replaced by George Cukor. See more »

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Countess Marie: I met Franz at a musical party. I remember he played a ballade in A-flat major by Chopin. I thought I'd never seen anything as beautiful as Franz looked when he sat at the piano. I... I wanted to cry. He watched me as he played; Franz never fails to notice a pretty woman in his audience. Afterward, he followed me into the hall. I remember he said, "May I escort you somewhere, madame?" And I said, "Yes." And he said, "Where?" And I said, "Paradise." He didn't smile - he said, "I'll call a ...
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The Life of composer Franz Liszt
31 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Song Without End is indeed a film that does not display the characters in a believable situation. However, the music score is among the greatest in motion pictures.

I will always remember that performance of ' Les Prelues'as being the most powerful that I have ever heard even from the best symphony orchestras.The performances of the late Jorge Bolet are magnificent.Especially during the clever arrangement of the Concerto/Hungarian Fantasia. It is clear that Dirk Bogarde is not playing the piano,yet one cannot help but take pleasure in the greatness of the music whomever is playing.

The producer of the film also takes great pains in letting the audience know that Franz Liszt often performed the music of other composers like Wagner and Berlioz.He also was a great fan of Chopin. This is addressed in the film with care and intelligence.

I remember this film as a child and can still remember the great music.Thank God! for the score from Song Without End.


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