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Song of Love (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 9 October 1947 (USA)
Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Ivan Tors, Irma von Cube (as Irmgard von Cube) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Clara Wieck Schumann
Paul Henreid ... Robert Schumann
Robert Walker ... Johannes Brahms
Henry Daniell ... Franz Liszt
Leo G. Carroll ... Professor Wieck
Elsa Janssen ... Bertha (as Else Janssen)
Gigi Perreau ... Julie Schumann
'Tinker' Furlong 'Tinker' Furlong ... Felix Schumann
Ann Carter ... Marie Schumann
Janine Perreau ... Eugenie Schumann
Jimmy Hunt ... Ludwig Schumann
Anthony Sydes Anthony Sydes ... Ferdinand Schumann
Eilene Janssen ... Elise Schumann
Roman Bohnen ... Dr. Hoffman
Ludwig Stössel ... Haslinger (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A Love Story So Beautiful It Was Set to Music!

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Trivia

Film debut of George Chakiris. See more »

Goofs

Many scenes in the house are supposed to take place at night. The place is well-lit, but there are no gas lamps or candles to be seen. See more »

Connections

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Renee Fleming (2007) See more »

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Träumerei
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Music by Robert Schumann
Played onscreen by Robert Walker and later by Katharine Hepburn
Piano dubbed by Artur Rubinstein
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Respectable Composers Biopic
10 May 2004 | by harry-76See all my reviews

Considering this screenplay was for a major film studio and geared for the general public, rather than professional musicians or scholars, the five writers who contributed to the script did a decent job.

Centered in the enactment is that of Clara Wieck, played fervently by Katherine Hepburn, who enjoyed a full life of commitment to her composer husband Robert Schumann, large family and artistic ideals.

Clara's strength held the household together, which included border composer Johannes Brahms, played earnestly by Robert Walker.

Paul Henried has the difficult assignment of portraying Robert, a musical genius suffering from depression. Whereas today medication easily placates these symptoms, in the 19th century, people just had to suffer from the ailment, which affected all those around. Henried manages the role with sensitivity.

Clara was known to eschew technical "brilliance" that was the earmark of Franz Liszt, and in one telling scene she conveys her embodiment of "loving simplicity" over Lisztian "show." It's a provoking moment that conjures relevance today, where "young piano whiz kids" often may play up a storm technically, while seldom penetrating the spiritual heart of the score.

Clara apparently was one of the strongest women of the 19th century, in a male-dominated society, successfully surmounting a father's legal challenge of her marriage, the deaths of a number of her children, and a husband who constantly needed attention--all the while composing, arranging, and giving concerts.

In a touching scene Walker's Jonannes admits to his love for Hepburn's Clara. It's not a far-fetched scene, according to musicologists, though there's hardly concrete proof for substantiation.

The film is rich in the works of Brahms, Schumann and Liszt, and Hepburn and Henry Danielle (as Liszt) do commendable physical renderings of mock piano playing to sublime recordings of Artur Rubenstein. Clarence Brown directs with his usual sure hand.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Love Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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