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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

Earlier in the film, Louise receives a telegram from her father, which is addressed to her at "62 Riflestrasse". Later in the film, when James enters her apartment building, the number is clearly seen to be "37". See more »


Soundtracks

Concerto In D Major For Violin And Orchestra
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Liz won't play second fiddle to anyone...especially a violinist!
19 September 2005 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

RHAPSODY is a typically lush romantic opus from MGM, conceived as a stunning tribute to the 22 year-old ELIZABETH TAYLOR and surrounding her with some melodious classic music from the two men in her life--JOHN ERICSON and VITTORIO GASSMAN.

All women should have such romantic woes--torn as she is, between two handsome men with matinée idol looks while she watches on the sidelines dressed in smart outfits by Helen Rose, with sophisticated looks at the camera and everyone else in the cast. She is as poised as a marble statue and just as cold and beautiful.

The tale is as wildly improbable as anything Joan Crawford ever did in lush B&W surroundings at Warner Bros. (a la HUMORESQUE), and the story itself is hardly more than routine, presenting Taylor as a spoiled young woman who mistreats men who are too immersed in their careers to notice she's around.

But on the plus side, there's that glorious music and some very convincing finger work by Ericson on the piano and Gassman on the violin. They really look as if they're playing their instruments, and both of them are up to the acting demands of their less than dynamic roles.

Taylor was certainly one of the most photogenic women who ever stepped before a camera, but it's a pity that her talent (at this stage) is not a match for her fabulous wardrobe and glossy, tremulous close-ups that have her torn between two men without ever ruining her make-up with real tears.

Absurd fun, if only for the music and the decent performances, but actually a very routine romantic angle that is a mere trifle against a splendid background of passionate classical pieces.


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