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Song Without End (1960)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 19 September 1960 (Sweden)
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

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Georges Sand
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Prince Nicholas
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Grand Duchess
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Potin
Albert Rueprecht ...
Prince Felix Lichnowsky
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Chelard
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Richard Wagner
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Archbishop
Hans Unterkircher ...
Czar
Erland Erlandsen ...
Sigismond Thalberg (as E. Erlandsen)
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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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19 September 1960 (Sweden)  »

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Crescendo  »

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(Westrex Recording System)| (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Vidor had previously directed A Song to Remember (1945), about the relationship between composer Frederic Chopin and author George Sand (played by Cornel Wilde and Merle Oberon). Franz Liszt appears as a character in the earlier movie, played by Stephen Bekassy. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Largo: Ombra mai fu
[Aria from "Xerxes" an opera seria in three acts] (uncredited)
Composed by George Frideric Handel (1738)
Lyrics written by 'Nicolò Minato' (1654) and libretto by Silvio Stampiglia (1738)
Performed by The "Song Without End" Chorus
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The film does injustice to Liszt who is portrayed both as a prima donna and a Lothario.
12 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Ferencz Liszt was by most accounts a kind and pious man who shared his talents and privileges of his fame with his fans, students and fellow artists like Berlioz and Wagner. This film does him an injustice by portraying him as a prima donna and Lothario. Nevertheless, the producers must be commended for making it. It aroused my interest in classical music when I saw it at the age of 10.

I thrilled to the bombast and impossible fingerwork of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. But the final piece Liszt (portrayed by Bogarde) played as he retreated to the monastery haunted me throughout my teenage years. Liebestraume No. 3 ("Dreams of Love") can either be a soothing balm or a cutting knife for the lovesick.

Bogarde, who obviously knew his onions about piano playing displayed the exact fingerwork on the proper fields of the keyboard and his body English was totally convincing. Well after all, he was not only an actor but a true artist - an accomplished writer and a painter.

Capuccine, touted as one of the most beautiful women at the time, portrayed the Princess of Witgenstein. But my heart fell for the jilted wife, the Belgian countess portrayed by Genevieve Page whom I found more,"simpatica."


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