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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best renditions of Strauss music
The story is a little soapy, the acting just okay, but this mini-series has the most glorious renditions of the Strauss family's music you will find. It should be a CD so you might as well buy the video.
Published on September 26, 2001 by Glenn O. Radtke

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant view of a famous musical family
"The Strauss family" made for TV miniseries is an interesting view of this multi-talented family. However, it shows how a dramatist can use factual material and twist it for the good of telling a story. If one knows much about this illustrious family, one knows that much is left out and much is fabricated to make an entertaining afternoon. I recommend it to those who...
Published on March 26, 2010 by A. Braswell


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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best renditions of Strauss music, September 26, 2001
The story is a little soapy, the acting just okay, but this mini-series has the most glorious renditions of the Strauss family's music you will find. It should be a CD so you might as well buy the video.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good History, Good Writing, and Good Acting, December 7, 2008
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Gridley (asheville, north carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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Writing a movie script about a family can be problematic unless the script writer knows someone has to be the central character, as did the writers of The Strauss Family. Constructed about the life of Johann Junior, this series depicts the highs and lows of the creative life.
The acting seems a bit like summer stock at times, but good writing and directorial pacing minimizes this weak link.
All in all, good history, good writing, and good acting.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant view of a famous musical family, March 26, 2010
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"The Strauss family" made for TV miniseries is an interesting view of this multi-talented family. However, it shows how a dramatist can use factual material and twist it for the good of telling a story. If one knows much about this illustrious family, one knows that much is left out and much is fabricated to make an entertaining afternoon. I recommend it to those who know nothing about the family. Actually one could make a wonderful series out of the experiences of these musicians, but it would take many hours to do so. It is disappointing that this movie makes such little use of the many beautiful compositions from the several Strauss men.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish Victorian Visual--London Symphony Music, March 11, 2011
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Harold Wolf "Doc" (Wells, IN United States) - See all my reviews
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Never before has the Strauss family story been told better. As accurate as any historic documentary could be, but it is presented as a period drama, and well done.
A TV mini-series (7 episodes) tells the story from when Johann Strauss I marries wife Anna., 1825. This saga ends with the death of Johann Jr., 1899. 74 years of history and music from the entire Strauss family. Members of the London Symphony Orchestra provided the music. Aesthetically appealing to the eyes and ears. And the heart. Very emotional loves and confrontations in this family saga.

It is a 1972 production so expect something slightly less than 21st century, like make-up, but the costumes and sets of this period series makes this a visual/audio extravaganza taking on new life with every generation, just like the Strauss music. You'll fall in and out of love with many of the characters, so well played, just like the Strauss family members experienced it.

Cast is wonderful with some doing little beyond this series and others just beginning like Johann Jr (Stuart Wilson-`Zorro'); Anna )Anne Stallybrass-`Heartbeat'); and Lili (Georgina Hale-`Affairs of the Heart' `T-Bag'). Superstars in their film infancy include Karoline (Jane Seymour-"Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman" and tons more) as well as Josef Lanner (Derek Jacobi-`Cadfael' `I, Claudius' `The King's Speech' and the list goes on and on.) Those two's works are now more famous than some of the Strauss musical pieces, perhaps.

Episode details (unfortunately without subtitles or CC):
1-ANNA marries Johann Strauss after becoming pregnant. Roommate/friend, Josef Lanner, soon turns to musical opponent. Johann forbids his own son Johann Jr (nick-named Schanni) a music future. Johann meets Emilie.

2-EMILIE is joined by Johann as he leaves his family. Dance music is fierce competition, Strauss vs Lanner (till his death in 1843). Lanner (Sperl Ballroom) vs Johann (Dommayer Casino).

3-SCHANNI turns to music from banking and with Anna's help starts his own orchestra. Now Sperl vs Dommayer is Johann vs Johann. Musical sabotage is planned.

4-REVOLUTION conflict begins during a Royal visit at the Dommayer. Both Strauss composers create march music, but for opposing causes. Josef (son 2) joins the rebels and Johann and Emilie race to London for safety. Strauss father dies in 1849, one Johann's last waltz.

5-JOSEF takes over while Schanni, needing 6 mo. to avoid a breakdown, heads to Russia. Edi (son 3) also gets into the music business. Olga is not family approved so Johann returns to Vienna and encounters Hetti (Henrietta Treffz), opera star.

6-HETTI marries Johann with Anna's disapproval. Hetti takes the reigns of Strauss music management-wit flair. It's good for a while till Anna dies--Josef dies, 1870--Hetti's out--Lili is in.

7-LILI becomes a new bride after Hetti gets Johann's mistress confession & Hetti has her own secret young male in the picture. Crisis causes a fatal stroke, 1878. Lili, 28, is married weeks later but the marriage is doomed by the age gap.

8-ADELE a 24-year-old Jewish widow, with child Alice, marries Johann Jr in Germany. Pneumonia takes the life of the composer in 1899. Although the series story only alludes to it, in real life, Edi burns all of the original manuscripts of the entire Strauss family library a few years later. Fortunately much had been published.

And this series lets you hear much of the music all the way through the dramatic story, as well as see the bawdy dancing it created in it's day, now considered quite elegant. A wonder to own.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strauss Family, September 12, 2009
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This was very enjoyable and about the right length to cover the subject. Wonderful music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful movie, December 15, 2009
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This was one of the best movie I have watch in a longtime. The music was wonderful so was the story line. I love biographies and this was one of the best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strauss Family DVD, March 13, 2010
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Great series...some episodes are a little grainy presumably from the transfer of the old BBC masters, but others are fine. Enjoyed the history and performances immensely.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, August 3, 2011
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You'll like it if you enjoy period films and the music of Strauss. I'm not familiar with the cast, but I enjoyed it. This movie seems more like a play than a film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The talented Strausses, January 25, 2013
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Alice K. Douglas (Bellerive, Tasmania, AU) - See all my reviews
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I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Strauss brothers and their father through all their interesting ups and downs. They were an unconventional, somewhat dysfunctional family, all very musically talented but all fiercely competitive and jealous of each other. The movie had plenty of colourful, glamorous costumes, dancing and of course beautiful music. I didn't see any problems with the quality of the DVD itself either - it looked pretty good to me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story and characters, mediocre production, November 3, 2011
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If you are a classic music buff who is interested in the everyday lives of composers and what made them tick then the story is fascinating, which is the only reason I sat through the whole thing! Strauss' mother seems to have been a formidable woman who was the linchpin of the family which made for captivating viewing. It is an enticing story of an unusually talented family and their intrigues stretching over nearly 100 years. However, the production is very basic and amateurish. The whole thing looks extremely outdated. The acting is mediocre at best, costumes and make up have the look of a village community production! It was very obviously filmed on an extremely tight budget using the simplest of sets.
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