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Song of Love (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 9 October 1947 (USA)
Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Ivan Tors, Irma von Cube (as Irmgard von Cube) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Clara Wieck Schumann
Paul Henreid ... Robert Schumann
Robert Walker ... Johannes Brahms
Henry Daniell ... Franz Liszt
Leo G. Carroll ... Professor Wieck
Elsa Janssen ... Bertha (as Else Janssen)
Gigi Perreau ... Julie Schumann
'Tinker' Furlong 'Tinker' Furlong ... Felix Schumann
Ann Carter ... Marie Schumann
Janine Perreau ... Eugenie Schumann
Jimmy Hunt ... Ludwig Schumann
Anthony Sydes Anthony Sydes ... Ferdinand Schumann
Eilene Janssen ... Elise Schumann
Roman Bohnen ... Dr. Hoffman
Ludwig Stössel ... Haslinger (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Storyline

Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A Love Story So Beautiful It Was Set to Music!

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Love Story See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Friday 13 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles Sunday 9 March 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by New York City 29 November 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it first aired 9 December 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Connections

Edited into The Schumann Story (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiegenlied (Lullaby)
(uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
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This unique and exquisite film is a love song to music.
5 September 2001 | by David-240See all my reviews

Why this film is not better regarded by critics I cannot fathom. It features truly sublime direction by Clarence Brown (Orson Welles would be proud of some of those tracking shots), and four brilliant performances by Katharine Hepburn, Robert Walker, Paul Henreid and Henry Daniell. The plot is simple, even slight, but the film is really about music, and is soaked in the exquisite sounds of Schumann and Brahms (played I believe by Arthur Rubinstein). Hepburn and Daniell play piano with utter conviction - surely both actors had some knowledge of the instrument. Excellent art direction and superb cinematography make the film glow visually as well as aurally.

It's all about love - between people and for music. This is a unique film for its time - a true mood piece, in which the divine music allows you to experience the love felt by the characters. Don't sit back and think - allow the images and the sounds to take you away. Clarence Brown was a brilliant director - one of the best Hollywood ever produced. He knows exactly how to move an audience with the sheer beauty of his images and the power of music. Never has this ability been more evident than in SONG OF LOVE, which I venture to describe as a masterpiece.


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