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Rainer Werner Fassbinder
When George Cukor arrived in Vienna to take over as director, he replaced cinematographer James Wong Howe with Charles Lang. (Howe later wrote that he agreed with this choice, as it wasn't really his type of picture.) Also, Cukor brought in screenwriter Walter Bernstein to do rewrites on the script. Bernstein found the original script so ridiculous that he told Cukor, "My best advice to you is to get rid of Dirk Bogarde and get Sid Caesar. Then just film it." Bernstein and Cukor worked on the script as the movie was being filmed, often completing scenes on the night before they were shot. See more »
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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In a confused welter of artistic licence, this is the classical music biopic which makes 'Song to Remember'look like a masterpiece. Bogarde succeeds in diminishing the reputation of the musical colossus who spanned European music for most of the 19th Century. The absurdities of the plot, the sequoia-like quality of the acting and the prevalence of historical,musical and linguistic anachronisms combine to elevate this offering to the status of an A1 turkey.How a pianist of the stature of Bolet came to be mixed up in this fiasco can only be guessed at. The characterisation of Liszt fails to convey even a minute impression of his magnetic personality and the overwhelming effect that he had on not only his audiences, but also his pianistic rivals.Clara Schumann herself said that 'we toil over that which Liszt reads at sight!' Whilst the emphasis seems to focus on his romantic prowess,rather than his status as the greatest pianist of the century or,arguably, of all time, one feels,nevertheless, that this was an opportunity lost.
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