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Rhapsody (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 16 April 1954 (USA)
Spoiled heiress Louise Durant decides to leave the comfort of her father's estate in southern France to study piano at the Music Conservatory in Zurich, despite she knowing she not having ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Ruth Goetz (adaptation), Augustus Goetz (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Louise Durant
Vittorio Gassman ... Paul Bronte
John Ericson ... James Guest
Louis Calhern ... Nicholas Durant
Michael Chekhov ... Professor Schuman
Barbara Bates ... Effie Cahill
Richard Hageman Richard Hageman ... Bruno Fürst
Richard Lupino Richard Lupino ... Otto Krafft
Celia Lovsky ... Frau Sigerlist
Stuart Whitman ... Dove
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cahill
Jack Raine ... Edmund Streller
Birgit Nielsen Birgit Nielsen ... Madeleine
Jacqueline Duval Jacqueline Duval ... Yvonne
Norma Nevens Norma Nevens ... Student Pianist
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Storyline

Spoiled heiress Louise Durant decides to leave the comfort of her father's estate in southern France to study piano at the Music Conservatory in Zurich, despite she knowing she not having the talent or desire to be a professional pianist. She is going there to follow her new boyfriend, violinist Paul Bronte, who is completing his final year of studies there and who she hopes eventually to marry. Not even knowing Paul, this move does not sit well with Louise's father, Nicholas Durant, as he values success over all else, Paul who is not a success. Louise hopes to find her place in Paul's musical life, she not truly understanding the all-consuming passion he and many of the other students have for music. In her view of their world, Louise finds that she cannot be a complementary figure in that musical life as she wants but is in direct competition with it. As such, some students resent Louise for taking away from Paul's talent, while others resent Paul for believing he can give in to ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rapsodia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,300,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Goofs

Earlier in the film, Louise receives a telegram from her father, which is addressed to her at "62 Riflestrasse". Later in the film, when James enters her apartment building, the number is clearly seen to be "37". See more »


Soundtracks

Concerto In D Major For Violin And Orchestra
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Beautiful music; ravishing Elizabeth; pedestrian script
29 June 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

As far as the script for this ode to classical music goes it includes absolutely nothing you haven't seen before but it's presented with that inimitable MGM sheen.

Made during that period when Elizabeth Taylor was at the very apex of her beauty she captivates as she drips in jewels and beautiful gowns in dazzling Technicolor. She's hard to pull your eyes from but she is teamed with two men, Vittorio Gassman and John Ericson, who are almost as beautiful as she. Excepting Louis Calhern who is just right as Liz's bon vivant father, the supporting cast blends into the woodwork.

It's the music that matters and makes this picture however. Some of it is absurdly staged, i.e. the spontaneous performance of an entire violin symphony in a small restaurant, but what can you expect from a romantic drama in the 50's. Mostly though the music is played full out in the proper settings and is glorious and well worth muddling through the somewhat turgid proceedings that surround it.


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