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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Eberts ...
Edmund
...
Sonya
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Baron
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Edmund's father
John Nettleton ...
Doctor Weiss
Martin Obernigg ...
Concierge
Václav Stekl ...
Assistant Concierge
Vladimír Pospísil ...
Hotel Manager
Karel Karas-Kratochvil ...
Doorman
Ivo Niederle ...
Sanatorium Manager
Jarmila Derkova ...
Frau Isambard
Josef Kubícek ...
Station Master
Veronika Jeníková ...
Kissing Woman
Roman Hájek ...
Kissing Man
Raoul Schránil ...
Hotel Guest (as Raul Schranil)
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This symbol-filled story, filmed with sensuous detail and nuance, is set in Austria in the 1920s. While being treated for asthma at a country spa, an American diplomat's lonely 12-year-old son is befriended and infatuated by a suave, mysterious baron. During a story of his war experiences, the baron reveals the scar of a wound from an American soldier and thrusts a pin through it, saying "see-- no feeling." Little does the boy realize that it is his turn to be wounded. But soon his adored friend heartlessly brushes him aside and turns his seductive attentions to his mother. The boy's jealousy and feelings of betrayal become uncontrollable. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Avastahto mystiko  »

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Quotes

Baron: Perhaps we may go exploring instead.
Edmond: Where to?
Baron: That's the fun of exploring. One never knows where to.
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Remake of The Burning Secret (1933) See more »

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Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle
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Music by Jacques Offenbach
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The story of a boy's sudden growth into manhood and an irresponsible womanizer.
24 December 2001 | by (Rochester, New York) – See all my reviews

I read this story in the original in 1939 when I was an adolescent. I understood it only from the boy's point of view. It was a wonderful experience to see it at a time when my son was a grown man and I could understand the film from each individual's point of view. The makers of this film are to be congratulated for their sensitivity, and their tremendous skill for presenting this story written in a different social and historical context from their own. The acting of the entire cast was subtle and powerful. The mother's relationship with her son is beautifully realized. All in all, I highly recommend this film. I plan to buy it for my own collection.


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