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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 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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The life, love, and music of the fabulous FRANZ LISZT! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Crescendo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

William Goetz Productions 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

When George Cukor arrived in Vienna to take over as director, he replaced cinematographer James Wong Howe with Charles Lang. (Howe later wrote that he agreed with this choice, as it wasn't really his type of picture.) Also, Cukor brought in screenwriter Walter Bernstein to do rewrites on the script. Bernstein found the original script so ridiculous that he told Cukor, "My best advice to you is to get rid of Dirk Bogarde and get Sid Caesar. Then just film it." Bernstein and Cukor worked on the script as the movie was being filmed, often completing scenes on the night before they were shot. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

Passacaglia och fuga, orgel, BWV 582, c-moll
(uncredited)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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I guess I am the odd-ball, but I found this pretty dull.
8 January 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I saw this movie for one reason--it starred Dirk Bogarde. He was a wonderful actor and I'd watch him in anything--even a bio-pic! My dislike of most bio-pics is important to note, as unlike the other reviewers, I really didn't adore Franz Liszt and the idea of a film about him. That's because in my opinion (and I am sure many will disagree), most biographical movies are either short on entertainment value (they can be sluggish) or they avoid this by playing fast and loose with the facts. Frankly, I don't like either extreme. But when it comes to Liszt, I have no idea if this film is accurate--he is someone about whom I know very little (other than the fact that Bogarde looked nothing like him and the film makers did little to correct this). But I do know that the film is lethargic...very, very lethargic. So, despite his affairs and illegitimate children, the film managed to make all this very, very dull--and that is a crime. How can a film that often focuses on the composer's scandalous relationships be so turgid?! Perhaps because all too often nothing happens in the film--just lots and lots and lots of scenes with Bogarde playing either the piano or the organ. And, as many of the songs were not Liszt's compositions, I just felt a bit bored. So, aside from nice music (though a bit too much of it) and nice costumes, I found the whole thing pretty stale. If you are a musician and/or adore Liszt, perhaps you'll have a very different opinion--I just know that Dirk Bogarde made other films with a lot more energy and entertainment value.


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