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Composer Franz Schubert--broke, struggling and unhappy--gets a break when a wealthy friend wangles him an invitation to a command performance in front of a princess of the royal family. Schubert performs a version of his new work, "Symphony in B Minor", for the princess, but a misunderstanding results in Schubert storming out of the concert in a rage. Complications ensue.Written by
English Cinema's biographical treatment at its best
Anthony Asquith was one of my all-time favorite English director's and this early effort of his clearly shows why. He not only tells the story of Franz Schubert with fine pacing, terrific performances, good photography, and an enchanting score, but he delivers a feel for the mystery of a Schubert even his best friends could never get truly close to. All music lovers should savour the rare moments captured in this forgotten gem. 9/10.
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