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The Life and Loves of Mozart (1955)

Mozart (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 20 December 1955 (Austria)
Explores the mental state of Mozart during production of his final opera "Die Zauberflöte".


Karl Hartl


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oskar Werner ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Johanna Matz ... Annie Gottlieb
Gertrud Kückelmann ... Constanze Mozart geb. Weber
Nadja Tiller ... Aloysia Weber
Erich Kunz Erich Kunz ... Emanuel Schikaneder
Angelika Hauff ... Suzi Gerl
Annie Rosar ... Mutter Weber
Hugo Gottschlich Hugo Gottschlich ... Don Primus, Hausmeister
Chariklia Baxevanos Chariklia Baxevanos ... Sophie Weber
Albin Skoda Albin Skoda ... Antonio Salieri, Hofkompositeur (as Skoda)
Raoul Aslan Raoul Aslan ... Rosenberg, Hofkämmerer (as Raul Aslan)
Walter Regelsberger Walter Regelsberger ... Süßmayer, Mazarts Famulus
Elfie Weissenböck Elfie Weissenböck ... Josefa Hofer - Königin der Nacht (in 'Die Zauberflöte')
Alma Seidler Alma Seidler ... Muter Gottlieb
Ulrich Bettac ... Vater Gottlieb


Explores the mental state of Mozart during production of his final opera "Die Zauberflöte".

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Release Date:

20 December 1955 (Austria) See more »

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The Life and Loves of Mozart See more »

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Cosmopol-Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The alternative German release title "Reich mir die Hand, mein Leben" is the common German adaption of the lyrics "La ci darem la mano" from Mozart's "Don Giovanni". The film itself doesn't contain a single note from this opera. See more »


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engaging film, but still feels fictionalised
23 August 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Picked up in Salzburg, the German version of this film, with English subtitles, is extremely watchable but zips along at a fair pace - it feels as if it was edited extremely tightly and in fact jumps abruptly to cuts at times.

Mozart is played here by Oskar Werner, who eventually achieved some success in Hollywood. The other cast members aren't well known to me, but there's a decent Constanze here, plus her sister Lusia, and Mozart's muse from 'The Magic Flute', Anna.

Even in an old and damaged print, the colours are lovely, the music is sumptuous, and the centre of Vienna is easily recognisable (not sure if it was filmed here or reconstructed, but it certainly looks authentic, especially in and around the cathedral).

The Mozart presented here isn't the crude and vulgar child-man of 'Amadeus', but instead a slightly silly-ass who likes to flirt and gets easily enthralled by things which lift his music. It's fairly effective - but the story presented here doesn't feel particularly close to the truth.

Not an essential viewing, but not bad for fans of the composer and/or Austria.

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