She quickly sneaks out of the back way. And he is afraid that his career as a composer is almost over. So, if there ever is a scene that makes the movie, it's this one, and it's the one that most reveals some early hints of the emerging Hitchcockian touch. By Russell Webber Johann Strauss. Number 17, Under Capricorn and Topaz are also towards the bottom. Apparently there wasn't much of a budget for special effects, because we never actually see the fire.
Other Strauss waltzes include Morgenblätter Morning Papers; 1864 , Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald Tales from the Vienna Woods; 1868 and Wein, Weib und Gesang Wine, Women and Song; 1869. Like Gwenn's character Johann Strauss Sr, Hitchcock did think about his future years as a filmmaker. Note that Korngold was one of the adapters of the Strauss music for the film. Jessie Matthews receives top billing but despite being a known musical star, she barely does any singing, much less dancing and is a rather mediocre actress. Even though Hitchcock wasn't really interested in this project, still he put a great deal of effort into this film through the script and the direction.
Although it contains none of the Hitch touches we had come to expect from his silent and early sound career unusual camera angles and editing tricks , and is the least Hitchcockian of any of his films, it is an assured and confident directorial effort. Perhaps even a back number. It was during that time that he composed his only sacred work, the graduale Tu qui regis totum orbem 1844. It is filled with lovely frames and graceful long shots, and has a pleasant air with dashes of humour. What makes this film notable is that the director is Alfred Hitchcock. Their relationship must survive interfering father Edmund Gwenn as Johann Strauss and tempting older woman Fay Compton as Helga von Stahl. It is not his best, not even close, but his worst film is Juno and Paycock with Jamaica Inn and Champagne not far off.
Waltzes from Vienna does look lovely, sumptuous sets and costumes, good photography and some nice visual flourishes. A story is told in biographies of both men that Strauss's wife Adele approached Brahms with a customary request that he autograph her fan. The cartoon is narrated by , parodying 's appearance in Fantasia. After watching almost every Hitchcock film I have to agree with old Hitch himself it was his worst. His operettas include Indigo und die vierzig Räuber 1871; his first and Die Fledermaus 1874 , which would become his most famous.
Perhaps Hitchcock's main beef with this film is that it is a soft, light-hearted romance with some features of a musical. Hitchcock knows how to use music as an expressionist tool, especially in 1934, when the talkies were still young. In 1987 Dutch violinist and conductor also created a. It was to be a sort of intermission in Hitch's sound career. One of those was The Waltz King, a loosely adapted biopic of Strauss, which aired as part of the Wonderful World of Disney in the U.
That's what see in character Johann Strauss Sr Gwenn. In form and content, it's unlike anything you expect in a Hitchcock film. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. I sincerely do not think I can improve on these — please enjoy and plan to add at least 2 your your repertoire. At the time of his death, he was still composing his ballet Aschenbrödel. During that time, Hitchcock was concerned about his future career.
Unfortunately, his father Johann Strauss Edmund Gwenn is already Vienna's most successful composer and doggedly committed not to be superseded by his son. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment and lyrics English, German. The music sparkles with beauty and energy throughout, while Edmund Gwenn gives a great performance, Jessie Matthews is charming enough and there's also the Blue Danube scene which is by far the highlight of the film. Also notable are Fay Compton as the countess, Frank Vosper as the count, and Robert Hale as the confectioner. Critics and the press were unanimous in their praise for Strauss's music.
Most of the Strauss works that are performed today may once have existed in a slightly different form, as destroyed much of the original Strauss orchestral archives in a furnace factory in Vienna's district in 1907. But he is getting old. The Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre 3 Volumes. And Schani himself is racked with self-doubt about his ability to come up with a suitable tune. It was usual for the composer to inscribe a few measures of his best-known music, and then sign his name. The elder Strauss, in anger at his son's disobedience, and at that of the proprietor, refused to ever play again at Dommayer's Casino, which had been the site of many of his earlier triumphs. So no one breaks out into song for no reason in this picture.
Hofballmusikdirektor Director of Music for the Imperial and Royal Court Balls by Emperor. Strauss's Great Waltz will go down as your most atypical Alfred Hitchcock film. Those were two waltzes, and, for all those who wanted a change of pace, provided a newly composed Polka-Mazurka. It's in a fire, caused in a bakery, owned by Jessie Mathews father,played by Robert Hale,I think, that his works are being discovered by fay Compton as the countess, that she tries to help him to become famous. The print I viewed, which was in impeccable condition, timed at 1:16:40. Here are some great arrangements sent to me by Dr.
However, my advice is: give Waltzes From Vienna a go. It is always interesting to hear film-makers and film stars passing comment on their own work, particularly when naming their most and least favourite titles. In fact, what you get here is more enjoyable for the silliness, especially the performance of Frank Vosper as the countess's jealous husband who sells the funniest parts with his overripe performance. In fact, in 1866, the Austrian troops suffered a serious defeat at the battle of Königsgraz, and the spirits of the Viennese population was so low that many balls and festivities were just canceled. Judging by the rest of his catalogue this seems to be everything he is against, which is probably why he didn't like it, but anyone with a broader spectrum should be able to find some charm in it.