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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Goofs

When Louise enters the office of Professor Schumann, the rail surrounding the secretary's space has the gate next to where Louise is standing (to the right of camera). In the next shot, the gate has shifted to where Louise is sitting (to the front of camera). See more »


Soundtracks

Gypsy Airs
Music by Pablo de Sarasate
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Compulsory Viewing for all those taking relationships with talented artists seriously
6 November 2007 | by soccermanzSee all my reviews

This film should be compulsory viewing for all of those of either sex who want to be taken seriously by a talented artist whether a musician, stage, film or television actor, professional sports player and so on. Elizabeth Taylor is quite excellent as the rich, indulged young lady who still thinks that she can be the focal point of her chosen man's world in this case a self obsessed violinist who was still infinitely preferable to so many of her other male co-stars. And his fingering and bowing was quite superb - I only wish that I could have heard the sounds that he actually made and who actually made the beautiful music that forms the solid foundation of what was a thoroughly enjoyable film ? I agree that Louis Calhern as her father was superb - it is a pity that she listened to so little of what he said and in her case beauty was not even skin deep.


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