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Rhapsody (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 16 April 1954 (USA)
A rich, young beauty, Louise Durant, follows the man she loves and hopes to marry to Zurich where he studies violin at the conservatory. A piano student at the conservatory falls madly in ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Henry Handel Richardson (novel), Ruth 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

A rich, young beauty, Louise Durant, follows the man she loves and hopes to marry to Zurich where he studies violin at the conservatory. A piano student at the conservatory falls madly in love with Louise. The violinist loves his music first and Louise second. The pianist loves Louise first and his music second. Louise must ultimately choose which man she wants. Written by JeanneArmintrout@juno.com

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Goofs

When Louise enters the office of Professor Schumann, the rail surrounding the secretary's space has the gate next to where Louise is standing (to the right of camera). In the next shot, the gate has shifted to where Louise is sitting (to the front of camera). See more »


Soundtracks

Concerto #2 In C Minor For Piano And Orchestra
Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Beautiful music; ravishing Elizabeth; pedestrian script
29 June 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

As far as the script for this ode to classical music goes it includes absolutely nothing you haven't seen before but it's presented with that inimitable MGM sheen.

Made during that period when Elizabeth Taylor was at the very apex of her beauty she captivates as she drips in jewels and beautiful gowns in dazzling Technicolor. She's hard to pull your eyes from but she is teamed with two men, Vittorio Gassman and John Ericson, who are almost as beautiful as she. Excepting Louis Calhern who is just right as Liz's bon vivant father, the supporting cast blends into the woodwork.

It's the music that matters and makes this picture however. Some of it is absurdly staged, i.e. the spontaneous performance of an entire violin symphony in a small restaurant, but what can you expect from a romantic drama in the 50's. Mostly though the music is played full out in the proper settings and is glorious and well worth muddling through the somewhat turgid proceedings that surround it.


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