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Corny Plot; Liz Taylor at her Most Gorgeous; and Beautiful Music,
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This review is from: Rhapsody aka Rapsodia [Import] (DVD)
This movie has always been one of my favorites because it brings me back to my college years (long time ago). It stars Elizabeth Taylor, Vittorio Gassman and John Ericson , all at their most stunning physically if not artistically. However, there is not too much to be done with the schmaltzy story about the rich and beautiful young woman who pursues her dashing violinist across Europe only to learn that his violin is more important to him than her company or her money. Meanwhile, her neighbor (Ericson), also a gifted musician (pianist), is yearning for her and happily puts her ahead of his music. Taylor's wealthy father is played effortlessly by Louis Calhern as a sardonic but ultimately caring force in her life (a typical Calhern role). I recommend this film as wonderful escapism and suggest you forget about serious content, lasting significance, etc. and just sit back and enjoy a glamorous if vapid Liz Taylor, a handsome pair of suitors (especially Gassman) and some of the most beautiful music in the world (there are soaring performances, or partial performances, and background music featuring Tchaikovsky's violin concerto, Rachmaninov's piano concerto and assorted other classical masterpieces). I was delighted when this came out on DVD but it seems to be in short supply. However, the DVD is an excellent transfer and is much more beautiful to watch and hear than the old video.