Erratic, talented pianist Vladimir Vicek cuts short his honeymoon with his beautiful wife Leonie in order to attend the funeral of arch-rival Carnowitz He bribes a caretaker to gain access to the dead man's crypt and desecrates the corpse. His obsession so alienates his wife that she takes on a lover who subsequently insinuates himself into Vicek's employ as a manager. When the pianist's upcoming concert program is announced, it includes a Carnowitz sonata, spitefully written by the late composer exclusively for his over-sized hands, a composition no one believes Vicek is physically able to play. Just before the concert, the graveyard caretaker appears and attempts to blackmail Vicek. Written by
Did You Know?
The actress playing the girl being criticized by her mean piano teacher is Monika Henreid, daughter of the director Paul Henreid. See more
The name of dead pianist Carnowitz is variously pronounced 'Carnovich' by some of the players. See more
[to the camera
Oh, I cannot permit you to leave. You've already heard too much. I can only suggest you get a grip on yourself.