The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will she take a dive despite the pressure to win from her teacher, Greta, or will she condemn Paul to obscurity? Written by
They broke the cardinal rule of the competition...they fell in love.
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Did You Know?
Conducting coach and consultant Leo Arnaud
prepared the symphony orchestra which was conducted onscreen by actor Sam Wanamaker
. Wanamaker's first appearance on the set prompted several comments on his physical resemblance to composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist Leonard Bernstein
. Thereby, said producer William Sackheim
, hangs a tale. When he and Joel Oliansky
teamed on The Law
(1974), an actor was needed to play a flamboyant trial lawyer in the tradition of Melvin Belli and F. Lee Bailey, Sackheim asked the writer-director whom he saw in the role? "Leonard Bernstein
" Oliansky replied. "Fine," said the producer, "I'll get him for you". Sackheim recalls that, "at first, Joel thought I was serious. But when he met Sam Wanamaker
he knew what I'd meant. Both men not only have similar aquiline features and flowing white hair, but the same great theatrical sense". See more
Greta, a legendary pianist, mentions the "una corda" pedal, but pronounces it "yoo-na kor-da". This is not the proper way and any musician knows it is "oo-na", not "yoo-na". See more
[Referring to the piano
That is your first husband, that, you... you marry it the way a nun marries Jesus. You cleave to it, because it gives your life a center that no man... that very few men can possibly give you, least of all a rival for the thing your life is centered on.
Piano Concerto, No. 1
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Ralph Grierson
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