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Congress Dances (1932)
"The Congress Dances" (original title)

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An Austrian prince hatches a plan to keep his rival, the Russian czar, busy by keeping him surrounded by beautiful women and away from the negotiating table. The Czar, however, has his own ... See full summary »



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An Austrian prince hatches a plan to keep his rival, the Russian czar, busy by keeping him surrounded by beautiful women and away from the negotiating table. The Czar, however, has his own plan--he hires a man who is his exact double to impersonate him and confuse the Austrians by appearing to be everywhere at once. In addition, both the Czar and his double fall for the same woman. Written by

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11 May 1932 (USA)  »

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Congress Dances  »

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In his biography "Ich hab für euch gespielt", Paul Hörbiger reports that he was in the film's big ballroom dance scene. Producer Erich Pommer, who would closely supervise all of his productions, was also on the set. Part of a burning carbon rod from an arc light fell among the actors. One dancer's costume burst into flame. Pommer was the first to react, attempting to tear off the burning fabric and beat out the flames. He suffered severe burns on both his hands but was unable to save the young dancer who died two days later. The highly publicized incident had a worldwide effect, causing arc lamp manufacturers to implement safety measures and fabric mills to add flame retardant to their synthetic fabrics. See more »


Alternate-language version of Der Kongreß tanzt (1931) See more »


Just Once for All Time
English version of "Das gibt's nur einmal, das kommt nie wieder"
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Robert Gilbert
English lyrics by Rowland Leigh
Sung by Lilian Harvey
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This Picture Is Cuter Than Anything
18 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

In 1931, Hollywood was cooking up escapist musicals to take America's mind off the Depression. In Berlin, they were doing the same thing, and this one is as escapist as they come.

The idea of setting a musical in the Congress of Vienna seems a bit alien, but it's an excuse for some lovely sets and delirious costumes. The music is pleasant, if forgettable, and the story is silly, but the execution is great fun to watch, with more than a whiff of Lubitsch.

The principals are pleasant, the character bits are worth a giggle or three (I swear I saw an uncredited Siegfried Rumann briefly as a Russian), and the technical experimentation is worth a viewing by itself.

At a time when sound cameras were generally nailed to the floor, the director brings the fluidity and swooping camera movements of the silent era to a musical. Herr Charell apparently escaped to Hollywood, where he became a writer, but this was a visually free and exciting film for 1931.

Congress Dances is highly recommended for jaded palates who think they have seen it all. It's a feel-good picture that will leave you smiling.

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