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Song Without End (1960)

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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Referenced in Sunny Side Up (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Passacaglia och fuga, orgel, BWV 582, c-moll
(uncredited)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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An Incurable Romantic
8 November 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Franz Liszt back in the day was maybe the first popular musical icon. Since we have no phonograph records of what he sounded like on the piano we only have his music to judge him by today. Good thing he wrote a lot of it.

A Liszt concert back then if played for a mass audience was something like the reception that Elvis and The Beatles got back in their day. It aroused the jealousy of a lot of Liszt's contemporaries, but they respected his talent.

Dirk Bogarde is a capable and charismatic Liszt who had a weakness for married women. He ran off with one and had a couple of kids by her and then seduces a royal countess. The two women in question are played by Genevieve Page and Capucine.

Dirk and Cappy have a whole lot of hurdles to overcome before they can be happy, put there by the Romanov family and the Catholic Church, but it does sort of work itself out in the end.

My favorite performance in the film is that of Martita Hunt who plays a dowager German princess who offers Liszt employment when he needs it.

The film only covers a small portion of Franz Liszt's life, still it's a worthwhile biographical study.


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