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Rhapsody (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 16 April 1954 (USA)
Spoiled heiress Louise Durant decides to leave the comfort of her father's estate in southern France to study piano at the Music Conservatory in Zurich, despite she knowing she not having ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Ruth Goetz (adaptation), Augustus Goetz (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Louise Durant
Vittorio Gassman ... Paul Bronte
John Ericson ... James Guest
Louis Calhern ... Nicholas Durant
Michael Chekhov ... Professor Schuman
Barbara Bates ... Effie Cahill
Richard Hageman Richard Hageman ... Bruno Fürst
Richard Lupino Richard Lupino ... Otto Krafft
Celia Lovsky ... Frau Sigerlist
Stuart Whitman ... Dove
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cahill
Jack Raine ... Edmund Streller
Birgit Nielsen Birgit Nielsen ... Madeleine
Jacqueline Duval Jacqueline Duval ... Yvonne
Norma Nevens Norma Nevens ... Student Pianist
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Storyline

Spoiled heiress Louise Durant decides to leave the comfort of her father's estate in southern France to study piano at the Music Conservatory in Zurich, despite she knowing she not having the talent or desire to be a professional pianist. She is going there to follow her new boyfriend, violinist Paul Bronte, who is completing his final year of studies there and who she hopes eventually to marry. Not even knowing Paul, this move does not sit well with Louise's father, Nicholas Durant, as he values success over all else, Paul who is not a success. Louise hopes to find her place in Paul's musical life, she not truly understanding the all-consuming passion he and many of the other students have for music. In her view of their world, Louise finds that she cannot be a complementary figure in that musical life as she wants but is in direct competition with it. As such, some students resent Louise for taking away from Paul's talent, while others resent Paul for believing he can give in to ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rapsodia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,300,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Goofs

When James comes out of Professor Schumann's office and passes through the gate, its hinges are on the right and it opens anti-clockwise. Later, when Paul passes through the same gate, its hinges are on the left and it opens clockwise. See more »


Soundtracks

Concerto In D Major For Violin And Orchestra
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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lush '50s drama where the other woman is a violin
27 July 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Rhapsody is all about beautiful music and beautiful Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor, in a short, stylish hairdo, is at the height of her beauty in this stunningly photographed color film. And she's not the only beauty. Vittorio Gassman plays one of her love interests. Just try keeping your eyes off of him. Handsome John Ericson is the other man in her life.

All in all, it's candy for the eyes and ears, gorgeous to watch and to listen to with all that classical music. Elizabeth Taylor plays a role perfect for her, i.e., a spoiled, rich brat. She follows the man of her dreams, Gassman, a gifted violinist, to music school in Zurich, even though her own musical ability is pathetic and she'll have nothing to do except wait around for him to finish classes and rehearsals. When it's obvious that Gassman is totally immersed in his music, she begins to compete with the violin for his attention.

All three leads are excellent, as is Louis Calhern as Taylor's father. Taylor wears beautiful outfits. I'm certain this film was intended to be a showcase for her beauty, and there it succeeds. Despite some harsh comments made on the board, I think this you just have to take it for what it was intended to be and no more. Very entertaining.


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