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The Song of the Lark (2001)

At the end of the 19th century, a country girl wants to go to the big city to become a master pianist. However, her instructor discovers that her true talent lies in singing. But is that what she really wants?

Director:

Karen Arthur

Writers:

Willa Cather (novel), Joseph Maurer (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Elliott ... Thea Kronborg
Maximilian Schell ... Wunsch
Tony Goldwyn ... Fred Ottenburg
Robert Floyd ... Ray Kennedy
Linda Carlson Linda Carlson ... Mrs. Kronborg
Endre Hules ... Andor Harsanyi
Nan Martin ... Mrs. Nathanmeyer
Norman Lloyd ... Madison Bowers
Arliss Howard ... Dr. Howard Archie
Brooks Almy Brooks Almy ... Belle Archie
Christine Ashe Christine Ashe ... Anna Kronborg
Travis Kisgen Travis Kisgen ... Thor Kronborg
Jay Michael Ferguson ... Charley Kronborg
Rod Loomis ... Reverend Kronborg
Christian J. Meoli ... Spanish Johnny
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At the end of the 19th century, a country girl wants to go to the big city to become a master pianist. However, her instructor discovers that her true talent lies in singing. But is that what she really wants?

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Piesn skowronka See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An excellent rendering of Cather's novel.
13 June 2001 | by jcritonSee all my reviews

This TV movie rivals the best of the British renditions of 19th century novels. Cather's classic American story of hard-won success is beautifully transformed into a compelling visual drama with quality acting, top-notch cinematography, and an elegant sound track. Karen Arthur directs with a clarity and subtlety that one rarely finds in a television drama. Her attention to physical details of character and setting illuminate practically every scene. Alison Eliot's performance as Thea Kronborg could not have been better. Her portrayal rarely misses a beat as she embodies Thea's rise from naivete and innocence to worldliness and success. The triumph of this drama was facilitated by the superior acting of entire cast including Tony Goldwyn, Arliss Howard, Robert Floyd, Endre Hules, Linda Carlson, and Maximilian Schell. Strongly recommended.


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