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The Strauss Family
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With a superb cast including Emmy-award winner actors Derek Jacobi (Anastezsi) and Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), and glorious renditions of the Strauss s works by the London Symphony Orchestra, THE STRAUSS FAMILY is a dramatic family saga of tragedy and triumph.
DVD Features: Cast Biographies; Selected List of Compositions
Selected list of compositions
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still my favorite biopic about a composer. Why there has never been a mini-series about Mozart or Beethoven is a mystery. HBO should jump all over that.Published 8 months ago by TVJ
always wanted to learn about the Strauss family = this was perfect!Published 13 months ago by Tillie
Best of all the Strauss stories as it is accurate in most details ans very well done. If you love the music buy the disc!.Published 13 months ago by Ron Bayley
There's not much known about the inner workings of the Strauss Family so insofar as this version is correct, it fills an informational gap. Read morePublished 17 months ago by E. Sever
I wanted to see this but wasn't able to find it on Netflix, so I bought it, watched it and then donated it to our local library. It was worth the expense! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Veronica Falcao