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Burning Secret (1988)

PG | | Drama | 23 December 1988 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Eberts ...
Edmund
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Sonya
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Baron
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Edmund's father
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Doctor Weiss
Martin Obernigg ...
Concierge
Václav Stekl ...
Assistant Concierge
Vladimír Pospísil ...
Hotel Manager
Karel Karas-Kratochvil ...
Doorman
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Sanatorium Manager
Jarmila Derkova ...
Frau Isambard
Josef Kubícek ...
Station Master
Veronika Jeníková ...
Kissing Woman
Roman Hájek ...
Kissing Man
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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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Quotes

Mrs. Tuchman: It seems the deepest love affairs are those left unfulfilled.
Baron: Therein lies a tragedy.
Mrs. Tuchman: Not at all. To consummate love is to make it mortal.
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Wiener Blut
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Music by Johann Strauss
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Insightful, sensitive treatment of a young boy discovering his nascent manhood.
21 May 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film is about manhood, and a boy's (actually every boy's) journey to manhood. The scene in the dining room with the baron and the young boy explains it all. The baron recites Goethe's poem, "ErlKonig" and interprets it for the young boy-man. Schubert set this poem to music (ErlKonig, The Erl King). The poem is a dialog of a child, and his father who holds him close as they ride horseback toward their home. The child expresses fear and apprehension about what he sees on the journey. At the end of the poem, the "kind war tot" - "the child was dead" in the arms of his father. This movie is about the "death" of childhood, which must take place if a boy is to become a man. The film is filled with obvious symbolism and has a most satisfying conclusion. This is a personal favorite. If you can find a copy, buy it.


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