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Franz Liszt (1925)

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An elderly Franz Liszt (1811-1886), living in a monastery, recalls his lost, unrequited love on his birthday.

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An elderly Franz Liszt (1881-1886), living in a monastery, recalls the Caroline, the lost love of his youth. When her father, a government minister, objects to their relationship, she swears to him that he will be remembered in her prayers at that hour. Omn his birthday, the aged composer sees her in a vision. Written by duke10299@aol.com

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10 January 1925 (USA)  »

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The character of Caroline is based on one of Liszt's pupils, Caroline de Saint-Circq, daughter of Charles X's Minister of Commerce, who disapproved of the relationship and ended it. Liszt was so upset at the breakup that he became physically to such an extent that he was hospitalized, and inaccurate reports of his death appeared in newspapers. See more »

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Although Liszt did spend some time in a monastery when his romance with Caroline was ended, he did not do so in old age. See more »

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Caroline: [Intratitle] Franz, I may never see you again, but always at this hour I will remember you in my prayers.
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Second Hungarian Rhapsody
Composed by Franz Liszt (1847)
Heard on non-synchronized soundtrack performed by the Victor Concert Orchestra
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Strange but quite good.
3 April 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short film, "Franz Liszt" is SORT OF an early sound movie. While it only has music (no dialog), no real attempt was made to really synchronize the music to the action. It was more an accompaniment that kind of worked with the film--using the "RCA Photophone Recording" system. Because of this, it's of some interest to film historians--though better sound experiments had preceded this.

The film is a fictionalized account of and elderly Liszt recalling a lost lady love from his youth. According to IMDb there is some basis for this story but how much this film has to do with the master is unknown. As Liszt plays on the organ, he keeps imagining a woman (Caroline) he once loved--and you see images of her appear over his head--in a rather ghost-like fashion. Considering the time in which it was made, this is VERY effective--especially when the ghost-like lady hands him a flower. It's rather artsy--and in a good way. Lizst then thinks back to his youth and his beloved Caroline. It seems that her father would not consent to the marriage and the pair hang out with a bunch of very clean and romanticized Gypsies (yes, I know they hate that term--but I have no idea what to call these folks). Overall, a lovely little semi-silent film that probably WON'T appeal to most folks but as a lover of silents and early sound films, I found a lot to admire--nice music, nice film work and a sweet story.


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