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Congress Dances (1931)

Der Kongreß tanzt (original title)
Vienna glove-sales-lady Christl falls in love to Czar Alexander. Metternich tries to use this to keep him out of the conferences of the Vienna Congress from 1815.

Director:

Erik Charell
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lilian Harvey ... Christel Weinzinger, Gloves-seller
Willy Fritsch ... Czar Alexander of Russia (as Willi Fritsch)
Otto Wallburg ... Bibikoff, his Adjutant
Conrad Veidt ... Prince Metternich
Carl-Heinz Schroth ... Pepi, his Secretary (as Carl Heinz Schroth)
Lil Dagover ... The Countess
Adele Sandrock ... The Princess
Margarete Kupfer ... The Countess
Julius Falkenstein ... The Minister of Finance
Max Gülstorff Max Gülstorff ... The Bürgermeister
Paul Hörbiger ... Heurigen Singer
Boris Romanoff Boris Romanoff ... Dancer
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Storyline

Vienna glove-sales-lady Christl falls in love to Czar Alexander. Metternich tries to use this to keep him out of the conferences of the Vienna Congress from 1815. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

25 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kongressen danser See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Lilian Harvey played Christel in the English, French and German versions of this film. Conrad Veidt played Metternich in the simultaneously filmed English-language version of "Der Kongress tanzt." called "Congress Dances". Pierre Magnier assumed the role in the French version. Lil Dagover, Veidt's co-star in "The Cabinet of Dr, Caligari," played the countess in all three versions. See more »

Goofs

The Russian anthem "God Save The Tsar!" accompanying Alexander's official arrivals in the movie has in fact been adopted in 1833 (i.e. 18 years after the depicted events). See more »

Connections

Remade as Der Kongreß tanzt (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Das muss ein Stueck vom Himmel sein, Wien und der Wein
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Robert Gilbert
Sung by Paul Hörbiger
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Classic Film Operetta
22 February 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

It may not be perfect technically, but this is a sensual, made with great fun, original, capricious and extravagant operetta. It has elegance, a great cast, brilliant music and songs, wit, great sets; some scenes are even a bit bizarre and fetishistic. This is not a filmed operetta, but a real film-operetta. More than just direct, Erik Charell choreographed the film. Although the film stands on its own feet, the influence of Ernst Lubitsch (pictures) is evident.

Amongst the memorable scenes (and there are many) there is the - in its time - technically challenging sequence with energetic Lilian Harvey singing "Das gibt's nur einmal". Indeed: many operetta films have been made, but none so innovative, brilliant as this one.

This first and only German film of Erik Charell is not only a classic of early German sound film, showing all the capabilities of the UFA, but also a promising start of a film career that was not to be realized: Charell had to leave Nazi-Germany and was unable to continue his career as a film director abroad. It is curious that the film was banned by Goebbels only but in October 1937.


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