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A Song to Remember (1945)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 18 January 1945 (USA)
Biography of Frederic Chopin.

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Sidney Buchman, Ernst Marischka (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Muni ... Prof. Joseph Elsner
Merle Oberon ... George Sand
Cornel Wilde ... Frédéric Chopin
Nina Foch ... Constantia
George Coulouris ... Louis Pleyel
Howard Freeman ... Kalkbrenner
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Franz Liszt
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Storyline

Prof. Joseph Elsner guides his protégé Frydryk Chopin through his formative years to early adulthood in Poland. At a recital in a duke's home Chopin insults the new Russian-installed governor, and must flee the country. The professor takes him to Paris, where he eventually comes under the wing and influence of novelist George Sand and rises to prominence in the music world, to the exclusion of his old friends and patriotic feelings towards Poland. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chopin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Vidor later directed Song Without End (1960), a biography of Franz Liszt, starring Dirk Bogarde. Frederic Chopin and George Sand appear as characters in the later film, played by Alexander Davion and Patricia Morison. It turned out to be Vidor's last movie. He died of a heart attack while filming it, and was replaced by George Cukor. See more »

Goofs

When Elsner and Pleyel are walking down the staircase following Chopin's performance, the shadow of the mic boom is visible on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Franz Liszt: I should like to shake your hand, but i don't want to stop
Frédéric Chopin: If I play the melody and you play the bass, we should each have a free hand
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The music is the star.
13 October 2005 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

This movie is about the life of one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, piano composer in history, and Polish patriot, Frederic Chopin. Now, why should someone bother to watch this movie about Frederic Chopin? Let me give you one good reason: the Music. This movie has to be one of the greatest musicals ever produced by Hollywood. This movie is permeated throughout by the music of Chopin, and Chopin's music is wonderful; indeed it is immortal and transcends time. This movie introduces the audience to some of the finest music ever composed. In addition, the story itself is interesting, not only because it's about Chopin and his relationship with Georges Sand, played magnificently by the beautiful Merle Oberon, but also because it poses the question that confronts all artists: Does the artist exist to serve himself or to serve society? Chopin had to struggle with this very question. But first and foremost in this movie is the music. In this movie, the music is the star.


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