Der Graf von Luxemburg
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With its charmingly romantic theme and effective stage action, this Parisian-flavored libretto gave Franz Leh+¡r every opportunity to display his talent. "The Count of Luxembourg" is - with regard to its inventiveness, originality and instrumental coloring - on a par with Leh+¡r's other international successes. This film version offers a wealth of artistic entertainment.
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This is one of the series of operettas produced for German television in the 1970s. The plot is changed somewhat from the Lehar original but is not as divergent as the Vienna Opera version with Bo Skovhaus. Because it is not a stage production, the producers are able to use a wider variety of locations.
I found the first act a little slow going musically until the wedding scene between Angele and Rene. From there, it's one gorgeous song after another. I was particularly struck by Lilian Sukis as Angele. To these eyes she is heartbreakingly beautiful - I have no difficulty in believing that Prince Basil is willing to go to such lengths to obtain noble status for her, so that he can marry her. She's not just a pretty face - she sings beautifully as well. Unfortunately, this appears to be the only video of her available and she has relatively few audio recordings. She and Eberhard Wachter convincingly play the leads. The singing is excellent. Erich Kunz, Helga Papoushcek and Peter Froehlich are good as Prinz Basil and the younger couple.