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  • Actors: Cornel Wilde, Paul Muni, Merle Oberon
  • Directors: Charles Vidor
  • Format: Import, NTSC, Black & White
  • Subtitles: Portuguese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003LII4DS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,454 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Brazilian Edition / Portuguese subtitles can be turned off. Non Remastered Quality of film color is to be expected for it's age. Summary: Director: Charles Vidor. Cast: Cornel Wilde, Paul Muni, Merle Oberon, Nina Foch. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Cornel Wilde presents the Polish native as a passionate nationalist driven by his love of his country and his hatred of its czarist regime, Focus that can be forgiven in light of the political backdrop at the time of the production. Already a prodigy he is mentored by a shamelessly scenery-chewing Paul Muni as Professor Elsner, Chopin flees to Paris where his flashing eyes, dark nimbus of curls, and florid technique earn him stardom, while his involvement with the writer George Sand (a beautiful Merle Oberon, even when draped in then-provocatively masculine garb) introduces a romantic crescend

Customer Reviews

I'm putting in an order for my copy right now.
Kathleen
The movie itself is great, the music simply incredible, the acting superb.
M. Scanlon
I have loved this movie ever since I saw it as a child.
A. Frahm

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Well, I have not seen the video yet. But I will.
I saw this picture when it was a new film, 13 times. I remember exactly, because I had just turned 13 when it came out. (I'm now 69.)
When I saw this movie, I fell in love, total love, with Cornel Wilde and Frederic Chopin simultaneously. I had just started taking piano lessons the year before, and I became obsessed with Chopin's music, played in masterful fashion in the film by Jose Iturbi. Cornel Wilde also did a masterful job, pretending to be playing the piano. He was totally believable. And beautiful Merle Oberon was so good as George Sand, Chopin's lover and a great novelist of that time. Paul Muni was memorable as Chopin's teacher. But for me, the film was all about Cornel Wilde, Chopin, and Jose Iturbi. That wondrous music!
I have not been able to see this film since 1945, but I still remember it. Of course it is shamefully a Hollywood product, they take great liberties with the truth, but oh, when I was a 13-year-old, it was magical to me! Everyone on the screen vibrated, shone! The story grabbed me by the throat, I sobbed when seeing it the second time and all subequent times when Chopin made the decision to go to Majorca with George Sand, because I knew it was his doom. I sobbed when Chopin slogged through the torrential rain to attend his piano lessons, knowing that (according to the movie) he was going to "catch" tuberculosis later, and die far too young. I believe he was only 39 when he died. I sobbed when those telltale drops of blood hit the piano keys while he played his thunderous Polonaise, nobly protesting the czarist regime. Oh, the emotions! Oh, the drama!
Well, that's the way movies were made back then. The truth was ignored in the interest of a good profile or a dramatic plot device.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Janis Alban Jones on September 18, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
A few days ago, thanks to Amazon and a kind gentleman named Ernest who had one to sell, I FINALLY became the proud owner of A Song to Remember on VHS - a little more than 56 years after I saw the actual movie. They say if something's good enough to want, it's good enough to wait for, and this is certainly true where this sublime movie and most treasured memory of my childhood is concerned. In 1946, at the age of 9, my well meaning parents (back home in Wales, U.K.) took me to see this movie, without telling me that their main reason was 'the hope that it would encourage me to put more effort in to my piano lessons'. To their dismay, they soon discovered that, in that respect, they had failed miserably because - after seeing this movie and being introduced to the life and beautiful music of Frederic Chopin, through the incredible combination of Cornel Wilde's good looks (and excellent acting) and the superb performance of the music itself by Jose Iturbi, I promptly came to the conclusion that if I couldn't play that well, then I didn't want to play at all. Not long afterwards, my long suffering piano teacher was relieved (in every sense of the word) of her duties. But from the moment I sat enraptured through that movie, I fell in love with Chopin and his music and made the vow that 'when I grow up, I'm going to go to Poland and listen to a Chopin recital in the country where it all began'. More than forty years later (and having moved to Canada in the meantime) I achieved that ambition and what a joy it was to hear this wonderful music played by a leading exponent of Chopin's music from the Warsaw Conservatory. My other ambition was to somehow 'acquire' this memorable movie for myself. But I found that to be easier said than done, as all my enquiries came up with an 'out of print' response.Read more ›
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Roman Dicaire on February 14, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Although some liberties may have been taken with the actual life story of Frederic Chopin, the story is appealing. The optimum amount of music is interspersed with the story so that there is enough music, but not too much. Chopin is perhaps the finest composer of piano music ever and the majesty of his music lifts this movie to the heights of musical entertainment. I loved it when I was ten years old and I love it today at the age of 72. It is a wonderful inspirational movie and I personally wish it could be remade with today's technology.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on October 12, 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
My sister and I were talking about music and got around to dicussing Chopin's Grand Polonaise. It is, beyond all others that I've heard and loved in my life, my favorite piece of music. My sister feels the same and remarked that she was surprised she did not have a copy of it. I mentioned that I have different renditions but not one that I'm 100% satisfied with. This movie came to mind and I said I would kill to hear it again as played in "A Song to Remember," which she instantly remembered and rhapsodised over. We agreed that there was no rendition of the Polonaise more sublime than the one in this movie. We were little girls then, are in our early 60's now, but never forgot this movie, Cornel Wilde or Chopin's Polonaise. Critics can say what they like about the unimportant inaccuracies of this old film, but it's burned into the emotional memory of those of us who saw and loved it in our childhoods. I'm putting in an order for my copy right now. You won't regret it if you put in yours.
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