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The Great Waltz

1938

NR CC
3.9 out of 5 stars (24) IMDb 6.7/10

To capture "the spirit" of Johann Strauss' music, The Great Waltz combines exquisite craftsmanship with spirited inventiveness.

Starring:
Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Music, Musical
Director Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg
Starring Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey
Supporting actors Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert, Lionel Atwill, Curt Bois, Leonid Kinskey, Al Shean, Minna Gombell, George Houston, Bert Roach, Greta Meyer, Herman Bing, Alma Kruger, Henry Hull, Sig Ruman, Christian Rub, Ernie Alexander, Zita Baca, Eddie Conrad
Studio MGM
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: VHS Tape
Take the story of a man torn between two women, add the music of Johann Strauss and the scenery of 1840's Vienna and you have The Great Waltz, an irresistible cream puff of a movie. Miliza Korjus-rhymes with gorgeous and she is-portrays the fictional opera singer Carla Doner in a delicious performance that verges on May West camp, murmuring most of her lines through a perpetual full-toothed grin and waltzing herself giddy while singing absolutely impossible sounding obliggatoes to Strauss's walzes-never loosing a beat and never out of breath! Luise Rainer's innate sweetness and vulnerability are perfect for Poldi, Strauss's devoted wife. Watch her silent reaction when she realizes that the song she thought he wrote for her was actually intended for Madame Doner-incredible acting. On the other hand, Fernand Gravet, as Strauss, is unexceptional and a bit bland. Among the excellent supporting cast, Hugh Herbert as the befuddled music publisher and Curt Bois as the comic, but wise violinist are outstanding. The movie does require a temporary suspension of belief. It is full of improbabilities, including the all-female orchestra that performs Tales of the Vienna Woods in a biergarten--wearing evening gowns, Madam Doner's apparent ability to glance at a piece of music once and perform it word and note perfect (the citizens of Vienna take this one step further by singing along even though the waltzes in question have yet to be published!), and the most peculiar version of Die Fledermaus ever performed. If you are looking for historical accuracy or musical purity, this is not your movie, but if you want a delightful Hollywood operetta, you can't do much better than The Great Waltz.
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By A Customer on October 1, 2002
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The highly fictionalized fantasia on the life of the great Johann Strauss. This 1938 film is a sacher torte of pleasure for anyone who loves his music and, in the lead, Fernand Gravet does a commendable job acting-wise. The very attractive - albeit large-boned - Polish soprano Miliza Korjus sings with a truly brilliant voice & she became the object of intense jealousy from M-G-M's reigning diva, Jeanette MacDonald! Because it was decided that there wasn't room for two Prima Donnas at the studio, the firmly established MacDonald was kept on the payroll while the European Korjus virtually went into American obscurity. Backgrounds for the film were shot in Chino, California. It is rumoured that portions of this underrated gem was indeed directed by Josef Von Sternberg.
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If only I had heard or seen him earlier,what an actor.His acting is fantistic,he made J.Strauss ll come alive.I'm looking forward to seeing all of his movies.Miliza Korjus was also supurb, to take such a chance to sing a waltz,highly unuaual for an opra star. She deserved the best supporting actress award. She should have made more American movies. Mr.Gravet stole my heart!!Wish he was still around today. If you ever get a chance to view "The Great Waltz" take it. I'm sure you will be magificintly impressed & rewarded! I urge you to buy the film I watch it daily! One doesn't usually want to be older, however this is one time I wish I was. What could be more beautiful than J StraussII waltzs? Only more!!!
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the voice of miliza korjus is the most redeeming reason for having this video. She was a rare gift to the vocal world...and hated by Jeanette Macdonald, because she knew Ms Korjus had a better voice and was most certainly more beautiful! It is not to be missed for the glorious singing of Miliza Korjus!
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Most of my life all I heard about was this movie called "The Great Waltz." My dad knew all the characters, the actors and loved the music. In the late 1980's I went to buy him the VHS video. The smile on his face was priceless. Frequently when I'd be home from out of town he still would say how much he loved this film. I watched it with him and noticed how his arms and hands felt every score's movement. I bought a copy for me as well. When he passed away earlier this year I was so tempted to place this film in the casket, but didn't. If you enjoy this genre of music by all means purchase it. It's lovely!
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Purchased this movie for an elderly aunt who remembered seeing it when it came out in the late 1930's. It arrived very quickly. At first, I was concerned that it was a Japanese remake due to the mostly Japanese writing on the cover. Turns out it is in English & plays beautifully.
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THE OPERAS WERE ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. THE PERFORMANCES WONDERFUL. THE ONLY PROBLEM I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND
IS THAT, THERE ARE TWO VERSIONS, AND ITHE ORIGINAL WAS DIRECTED BY ALFRED HITCHCOCK, WITH COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
ENDING.
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This is not ageless cinema. It's dated, but it's fun. The scene where Strauss composes the Vienna Woods Waltz is one of the best in the picture (I'm giving no details away). The history is flawed, but the rags to riches story is definitely a fun thing to watch on rainy afternoons. Music is wonderful...of course!
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