Sunday, September 10, 2017

Waltzes from Vienna (1934)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writers: Heinz Reichert, Ernst Marischka, A.M. Willner, Guy Bolton, Alma Reville

Composer: Johann Strauss (both of them), duh.

Starring: Jessie Matthews, Edmund Gwenn, Fay Compton, Esmond Knight, Frank Vosper, Robert Hale, Charles Heslop, Hindle Edgar, Marcus Barron, Betty Huntley-Wright

More info: IMDb

Plot: Johann Strauss the younger wants so much to have his father's respect in any way.  One day he finds inspiration to write what will become one of the most popular tunes in history and falls in love with a beautiful woman.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Not a bad picture.  It turns the younger Strauss' inspiration into writing The Blue Danube Waltz into a romantic comedy and it does it quite well.  I laughed out loud a few times and one time was a silly fight Strauss has with an older man.  They're both slapping and hitting each other until they stop and try to unhook a scarf from a jacket button.  That moment was very British and I loved it.  The ending was nice, too, with the older Strauss accepting his son's accomplishment.   I'm sure there's no truth in anything in this picture but that in no way should detract in one's enjoyment.  It's a cute romantic comedy period piece that centers around the making of one of the most recognizable tunes in history.

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