Rhapsody (film)

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Rhapsody
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Vidor
Produced by Lawrence Weingarten
Written by
Based on Maurice Guest 
by Henry Handel Richardson
Starring
Music by Johnny Green (director)
Cinematography Robert H. Planck
Edited by John D. Dunning
Production
company
Distributed by MGM
Release dates
  • March 11, 1954 (1954-03-11) (USA)
Running time 115 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,979,000[1]
Box office $3,292,000[1]

Rhapsody is a 1954 American musical romance drama film directed by Charles Vidor and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Vittorio Gassman, John Ericson, and Louis Calhern.

Plot summary[edit]

Based on the novel Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson, the film is about a wealthy and beautiful woman who follows the man she loves and hopes to marry to Zurich where he studies violin at a conservatory.

There she meets a piano student who falls madly in love with her. She must then choose between this man who loves her more than his music, and the violinist who loves his music more than anything else.[2] Rhapsody features music by Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Felix Mendelssohn, and Claude Debussy.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The novel Maurice Guest was originally published in 1908.[4][5]

Rhapsody was filmed on location in Florhofgasse, Zürich (the street scenes) and Pontresina, Kanton Graubünden in Switzerland.[6]

Reception[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $1,291,000 in the US and Canada and $2,001,000 overseas, resulting in a loss of $217,000.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ "Rhapsody". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Full cast and crew for Rhapsody". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "MAN, MUSIC, AND LOVE.". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 3 October 1908. p. 6. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "IN GRIM EARNEST.". Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 10 October 1908. p. 50. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Locations for Rhapsody". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 

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