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Strauss Fantasy (1954)

Approved | | Short, Music | 15 June 1954 (USA)
Johnny Green leads the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a medley of waltzes and other familiar pieces by three members of the Strauss family.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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The MGM Symphony Orchestra ... Themselves
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In the red-paneled M-G-M Concert Hall, the M-G-M Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Johnny Green, plays polkas and waltzes from "gay, romantic, 19th-century Vienna" composed by Johann Strauss Sr., Johann Strauss Jr., and Josef Strauss. A voice-over narration introduces the program, which includes "On the Beautiful Blue Danube," "Pizzicato Polka," "Tales from the Vienna Woods," "Thunder and Lightning Polka," "Artist's Life," "Vienna Life," "High Spirits Polka," "Emperor Waltz," "Radetzky Waltz," and "Overture to the Bat." At least 70 musicians comprise the orchestra. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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15 June 1954 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)| (Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Vienna Life
Written by Johann Strauss
Performed by The MGM Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Johnny Green
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Two MGM/Green shorts
8 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Strauss Fantasy (1954)

*** (out of 4)

Oscar-nominated short from MGM has their Symphony Orchestra, led by Johnny Green, plays various waltzes composed by three members of the Strauss family. "Pizzicato Polka," "Tales from the Vienna Woods," "Vienna Life," and "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" are among the songs performed here in an edited form. I must admit that I wasn't too familiar with the Strauss family or their work but I did enjoy this brief, ten-minute concert that shows off some of their highlights.

La Gazza Ladra Overture (1954)

*** (out of 4)

MGM's Symphony Orchestra, led by Johnny Green, go through Rossini's overture "La Gazza Ladra", just as the title says. Once again I'm new to this series of shorts with Green but so far I'm very impressed with their quality. The 1.85:1 aspect ratio, new to the shorts format as well, is nicely used here and makes for a very pretty picture to look at as well as listen to. I'm not overly familiar with the overture here but Green does a very good job with his 80-man orchestra and makes for an entertaining 10-minutes.

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