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...  Metternich 8 episodes, 1991
...  Olga 8 episodes, 1991
...  Gribov 8 episodes, 1991
...  Jetti 8 episodes, 1991
...  Anna 8 episodes, 1991
...  Levi 8 episodes, 1991
David Yelland ...  Lanner 8 episodes, 1991
Duncan Bell ...  Pepi 8 episodes, 1991
Adrian Lukis ...  Edi 8 episodes, 1991
...  Hirsch 8 episodes, 1991
...  Johann Strauß sen. 8 episodes, 1991
...  Bauer 8 episodes, 1991
...  Johann 'Schani' Strauß jun. 8 episodes, 1991
...  Halmi 8 episodes, 1991
...  Drechsler 8 episodes, 1991
Jane Arden ...  Karoline 8 episodes, 1991
...  Eva 8 episodes, 1991
Julia Stemberger ...  Emmi 8 episodes, 1991
...  Kathi 8 episodes, 1991
Emma Bowe ...  Lili 8 episodes, 1991
Emily Richard ...  Adele 8 episodes, 1991
...  Olga's Mother 8 episodes, 1991
Michael Aichhorn 2 episodes, 1991
Alf Beinell 2 episodes, 1991
2 episodes, 1991
2 episodes, 1991
Toni Böhm 2 episodes, 1991
2 episodes, 1991
Jaromír Borek 2 episodes, 1991
David Cameron 2 episodes, 1991
Alex Covalsky 2 episodes, 1991
Vilma Degischer ...  Dancing old woman 2 episodes, 1991
Benno Felling 2 episodes, 1991
Don Fenner 2 episodes, 1991
Fritz Fleischhacker 2 episodes, 1991
Michael Gampe 2 episodes, 1991
Susanne Granzer 2 episodes, 1991
Robert Grass 2 episodes, 1991
Julia Gschnitzer ...  Fortuneteller 2 episodes, 1991
Fritz Hammel 2 episodes, 1991
Miguel Herz-Kestranek 2 episodes, 1991
2 episodes, 1991
Peter Janisch 2 episodes, 1991
...  K.u.k. civil servant in a License office 2 episodes, 1991
2 episodes, 1991
Beatrix Bilgeri 2 episodes, 1991
Erhardt Koren 2 episodes, 1991
Hans Kraemmer ...  Musician 2 episodes, 1991
Hubert Kramar 2 episodes, 1991
Christoph Künzler 2 episodes, 1991
Georg Lhotzky 2 episodes, 1991
Alexander Lhotzky 2 episodes, 1991
Marika Lichter 2 episodes, 1991
Martin Löschberger 2 episodes, 1991
Rudolf Melichar 2 episodes, 1991
Wolfgang Michaelk 2 episodes, 1991
Michael Mohapp 2 episodes, 1991
Franz Morak ...  Consul 2 episodes, 1991
Sandra Neufeld 2 episodes, 1991
Ralph Nossek 2 episodes, 1991
2 episodes, 1991
Hans Pemmer 2 episodes, 1991
Klaus Rott 2 episodes, 1991
Michael Schindlbeck 2 episodes, 1991
Rolf Schwab 2 episodes, 1991
Heinrich Schweiger 2 episodes, 1991
Herwig Seeböck ...  Dommayer 2 episodes, 1991
Patricia Simpson 2 episodes, 1991
...  Musician 2 episodes, 1991
Oliver Stern 2 episodes, 1991
Markus Stolberg 2 episodes, 1991
Alexander Strobele 2 episodes, 1991
Markus Thill 2 episodes, 1991
Gudrun Tielsch 2 episodes, 1991
Alexander Trojan 2 episodes, 1991
Peter Uray ...  Olga's father 2 episodes, 1991
Guido Wieland ...  Franz 2 episodes, 1991
Gusti Wolf 2 episodes, 1991
Bela Zak 2 episodes, 1991
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An der schönen blauen Donau
(uncredited)
(main theme)
Written by Johann Strauss
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker
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Beautiful!!! Inspiring!!! Pleasure to watch!!!
7 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this series for the first time in 1992 when it was on Polish TV but I have come back to it many times with great pleasure since then. THE STRAUSS DYNASTY shows the lives of Johann Strauss father and then his sons, the most famous of whom was Johann Strauss son, called Schani.

The whole story is shown with the focus on family life of the Strausses and their career. Their music, the unforgettable waltzes, can be appreciated throughout. I especially like the scene in Paris where Johann Strauss presents his new waltz "An Der Schonen Blauen Donau". At first, no one seems to be keen, but later.... Other moments worth considering are the ones showing Schani's journey to Russia.

Besides, you can find very good cast in this series. The main roles are played by Anthony Higgins (famous British actor) and Stephen Mc Gann (who can be found in many J. Chomsky's films). Among others, Alice Krige is excellent in the role of an insane Olga, Cherie Lunghi also performs very well as Schani's wife, Yetti and an unforgettable John Gielgud. He isn't given much time on screen as old Drechsler, but is equally unforgettable as in his great roles. Nevertheless, he is excellent, as always. John Rhys Davies gives a wonderful performance as prince Gribov: these facial gestures, the way he speaks (consider a funny moment he describes Russia to Schani just before signing the contract concerning Schani's journey). And Lisa Harrow as Mama Strauss is unforgettable. She appropriately presents a woman of strong will, ambition, and of a good heart. Definitely, the acting in this series IS of very high level!

There are many other factors that make this film worth watching. Many scenes are touching, especially the end when Schani is sitting on his armchair and coming back to important events in his life. He sees his father, his brothers, his childhood, the women he loved. When his memory comes to the current events, he closes his eyes and dies. I know that it may seem strange and longish, but Marvin J. Chomsky, most probably, aimed at showing people's belief - when we die, we see our lives.

But the most important factor that talks for the mini series, I think, is the music itself. The director makes a perfect use of it, entailing it in most of the scenes as a background. The lovers of the waltzes will absolutely love the film.

The effect of THE STRAUSS DYNASTY is similar to their music. As a famous orchestra director, Riccardo Muti, said on the 1st of January 2004 in Vienna: "The music of Strauss unites the whole world". THIS SERIES DOES A SIMILAR JOB. Do watch it. You will not regret.


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