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Song Without End (1960)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 5 September 1960 (UK)
The romantic story of Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt (Dirk Bogarde), whose scandalous love affair forced him to abandon his adoring audiences.

Directors:

Charles Vidor, George Cukor (uncredited)

Writer:

Oscar Millard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Franz Liszt
Capucine ... Princess Carolyne Wittgenstein
Geneviève Page ... Countess Marie D'Agoult
Patricia Morison ... Georges Sand
Ivan Desny ... Prince Nicholas
Martita Hunt ... Grand Duchess
Lou Jacobi ... Potin
Albert Rueprecht ... Prince Felix Lichnowsky
Marcel Dalio ... Chelard
Lyndon Brook ... Richard Wagner
Walter Rilla ... Archbishop
Hans Unterkircher Hans Unterkircher ... Czar
Erland Erlandsen Erland Erlandsen ... Sigismond Thalberg (as E. Erlandsen)
Alexander Davion ... Frederic Chopin (as Alex Davion)
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Anna Liszt
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The romantic story of Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt (Dirk Bogarde), whose scandalous love affair forced him to abandon his adoring audiences.

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His Scandalous Affairs Shocked the World! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Crescendo See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Vidor had previously directed A Song to Remember (1945), about the relationship between composer Frederic Chopin and author George Sand (played by Cornel Wilde and Merle Oberon). Franz Liszt appears as a character in the earlier movie, played by Stephen Bekassy. See more »

Quotes

Countess Marie: I met Franz at a musical party. I remember he played a ballade in A-flat major by Chopin. I thought I'd never seen anything as beautiful as Franz looked when he sat at the piano. I... I wanted to cry. He watched me as he played; Franz never fails to notice a pretty woman in his audience. Afterward, he followed me into the hall. I remember he said, "May I escort you somewhere, madame?" And I said, "Yes." And he said, "Where?" And I said, "Paradise." He didn't smile - he said, "I'll call a ...
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Connections

Referenced in Sunny Side Up (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

La Campanella
(uncredited)
Composed By Franz Liszt, Niccolò Paganini
Performed by Jorge Bolet (piano)
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Less of Liszt
19 May 2013 | by adamshlSee all my reviews

Given the fact that this biopic is about one of the great classical composers, it's rather perplexing that so much of the music is by others. Even with those by Liszt, there are many of his transcriptions rather than original compositions.

I was expecting a comprehensive presentation of Liszt in a film devoted to his life and creative work. Less of interest were works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others. The results looks like the film makers may have lacked complete confidence that a movie featuring compositions exclusively by Liszt would be that attractive to viewers.

In the event that's the case, it's no wonder the critical and public rating of this film is less than excellent. What's notable about it is the exquisite piano performance of Jorge Bolet on the soundtrack, the rich cinematography of James Wong Howe, and the flavorful performances by a talented cast headed by Dirk Bogarde.


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