Song without End

Song without End

Director: George Cukor, Charles Vidor Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Capucine

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Overview

Hoping to recapture the success of its 1945 Frederic Chopin biopic A Song to Remember, Columbia Pictures concocted the 1960 Technicolor costume drama Song Without End. Dirk Bogarde is cast as musical genius Franz Liszt. Bogarde's piano scenes are dubbed with another's singing voice, but this hardly matters in that the film is preoccupied with Liszt's infamous romantic entanglements. The crux of the matter is Liszt's desire to wed the already married Russian princess Carolyne (Capucine), which will necessitate an unpleasant breakup with his current lover, Countess Marie (Genevieve Page). Director Charles Vidor died after only a few weeks on the picture; he was replaced by George Cukor, who graciously insisted that Vidor be billed in letters larger than his. The chief selling point of Song Without End is its wall-to-wall music; the film won an Oscar for "best musical arrangement."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2010
UPC: 0043396359567
Original Release: 1960
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures Home

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Franz Liszt
Capucine Princess Carolyne
Genevieve Page Countess Marie
Patricia Morison George Sand
Ivan Desny Prince Nicholas
Martita Hunt Grand Duchess
Lou Jacobi Potin
Albert Rueprecht Prince Felix Lichnowsky
Marcel Dalio Chelard
Lyndon Brook Richard Wagner
Walter Rilia Archbishop
Hans Unterkirchen Czar
Edmund Erlandsen Thalberg
Katherine Squire Anna Liszt
Alexander Davion Chopin

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Charles Vidor Director
William Goetz Producer
Walter Holscher Art Director
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Lyon Editor
Oscar Millard Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Sukman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

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Song without End 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The DVD mastering is completely unacceptable -- jittery images, faded colors. This is a cheap Chinese print, not suitable for viewing, much less purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doubtless, the reader will have already read the All Movie Guide Review. While this gives a good indication of the thrust of the movie, this review underplays the excellent music work that was mostly the work of Jorge Bolet, the Cuban born, American trained pianist. Bolet's treatment of the music, and his affinity for Liszt made him the perfect choice for this film. He was at the height of his powers in 1960, although far from the height of his fame which would not come until the mid '70s. His playing is riveting, and allows the viewer a chance to experience the excitement that surrounded an appearance by Franz Liszt. This movie is worth it if only for the musical score.