Song Without End

Song Without End

Movie: Song Without End
Director: George Cukor / Charles Vidor
Produced by: Columbia Pictures
Released By: Columbia Pictures
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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, which will necessitate an unpleasant breakup with his current lover, Countess Marie. 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.

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