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Product Details

  • Actors: Dirk Bogarde, Capucine, Geneviève Page, Patricia Morison, Ivan Desny
  • Directors: Charles Vidor, George Cukor
  • Writers: Oscar Millard
  • Producers: William Goetz
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302424852
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Fifteen years after directing the florid and commercially successful Chopin bio-pic, the 1945 A Song to Remember, director Charles Vidor headed up this lush, Technicolor production about Franz Liszt--only to die a few weeks into shooting and be replaced by George Cukor. (Cukor insisted the credit remain with Vidor, and indeed there is little of Cukor's touch visible in this film.) Song Without End stars Dirk Bogarde as Liszt, and while the actor's stints at the piano are effectively dubbed by Jorge Boyet, the story really concerns the composer's entangled love life. Much, much less flamboyant than Ken Russell's Lisztomania, Song Without End is, in its own way, just as indulgent, extravagantly presuming that love is the major inspiration for the creation of music. No film about a composer would be complete without a few of his famous contemporaries, and Song Without End makes a point of bringing George Sand and Chopin himself to the proceedings. The sets are impressive, and the cinematography is by James Wong Howe. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

Is there anything that can be done about this.
Ms. Jv Usher
The picture is jittery and the colors are faded.
Kuru
I cannot believe what poor quality this DVD has!
Barb Katt

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Jv Usher on May 18, 2007
Format: DVD
We have recently bought this DVD from Amazon as the clarity of the picture is shocking, it is out of focus most of the time! The subtitles in English are absolutely incorrect and bizarre. At the same time we bought another classic DVD and it was perfect. Very disappointing! Perhaps we have received a bad copy. Is there anything that can be done about this.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dr R. J. Lofaro on March 2, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I WAS BARELY 10 MINUTES INTO THE MOVIE WHEN I NOTICED (I HAD THE VHS; WHEN I GOT THE DVD I SENT THE VHS TO MY SISTER...WHAT A MISTAKE!)A KEY SCENE WAS NOT THERE..AND, I AM SPEAKING OF ABOUT 5 MINUTES OF LIZST ON A CHURCH ORGAN AND THE DUST-UP AND DECISION THAT FOLLOWED. SO, WHEN HE NEXT APPEARS AT A CONCERT HALL, YOU WONDER WHY. FORGET ABOUT THE DVD UNLESS...AND I AM NOT SURE MORE SCENES HAVE NOT BEEN CUT AS I STOPPED TO WRITE THIS REVIEW SOON AS I SAW THAT AT LEAST ONE SCENE WAS GONE...YOU DO NOT WANT THE WHOLE MOVIE. WHAT A WASTE!! I WILL BE SELLING DVD AS SOON AS I CAN FIND A NEW/USED VHS!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By BLee on April 25, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I have gone through this film twice and still find this interesting.
This is not a documentary and as such don't expect too much depth or insight from this portrayal of Liszt, or else most of audience might be bored to death. Who cares about his study with Czerny or his religious faith in such a film anyway?
Instead, we have quite a lot of romances with pretty faces, elegant dresses and magnificent palaces. There was even a brief mention about Chopin and Wagner in the background. Visual effect was excellent and even the actor on the piano was so remarkable.
I'm not too sure though if Boglet would suit the taste of all piano lovers, probably not: Liszt is Liszt, who can compare with him when even Anton Rubinstein wanted to be his pupil. But for the general audience, it's just marvelous. The sound is wonderful too, not just the music,the dialoges too.
The plot was forceful and the rhythm fast and there is not a single scene that is boring. The result: one could easily sit still in front of it for the whole length of 130 minutes and for twice.
Highly recommended.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rich on January 28, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Why does Hollywood distort reality and fabricate (...) fiction? Liszt had one of the most fascinating lives in 19th Century Europe, so why not stick to facts rather than conjure up poor fiction. Right from the start it's evident that they had little knowledge of Liszt by starring Dirk Bogarde, with short curly hair, as Liszt! Did they bother to even look at a photo or painting of Liszt... who had long straight hair! That visual inaccuracy sets the tone for the rest of this character assassination Without End.
The ridiculous notion that Liszt felt inferior to Chopin for not writing music is utter nonsense. The early version of Liszt's monumental "Transcendental Etudes" began in 1828, long before he even met Chopin! These pieces are some of the most revolutionary scores ever written for the piano! Yet, this film makes Liszt out to be a sap as a composer. Likewise, it also distorts his relationship with the Countess, who is made out to be a poor angelic figure coldly trampled upon by Liszt. Factual History knows she had emotional problems before meeting Liszt, which flared and became worse culminating into the major cause of their separation. Her brutal retaliation was to write a biting novel about Liszt years later. Some of the story is accurate especially his devotion and philosophy towards Art, which saves this film from getting a half star rating. Watch knowing the falsehoods and strong points mentioned herein and you should find some enjoyment. Especially since Jorge Bolet's sound track is the redeeming part of this film, as no matter how hard someone tries to defame Liszt...his powerful music shall eternally and triumphantly rise above such mediocrity.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Kane on August 9, 2008
Format: DVD
I remember seeing this film in CinemaScope when it was first released. It was excelent in color and four track stereo sound. This film was such a major release in Australia that Columbia had an intermission during screening. Why hasn't a good 16:9 digial transfer to DVD been produced for this feature? Further, why has it been cut?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Barb Katt on December 16, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I cannot believe what poor quality this DVD has! It's blurry, the sound is bad, scenes have been cut. This is a total waste of money! Thank God I saved my VHS copy. I love this movie and I can't imagine why they desecrated it like this. Hang onto your VHS copies or try to find them, they are 100 times better!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John C. Ringle on December 15, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD was purchased to replace an older VHS tape. The DVD of this movie was apparently produced in China. Upon viewing, the picture quality was very poor--much more faded colors than in the older VHS tape. The subtitles appear to have been translated from English to Chinese, and then back to English, as the language was stilted and rather strange at times. We returned the DVD on Oct 30, 2009, and asked Import CD to credit our Amazon account for the amount of the DVD. After waiting a month and hearing nothing back from the company, I sent them an email on Dec. 1, 2009, asking if they had received the DVD and were going to credit our Amazon account. Now, 15 days later, I have still gotten no response from my email request.

I would rate their customer relations as being very poor, and would caution people from doing business with this company.
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