GenreBiography, Drama, History CountryHungary
Russian Release date1970 WriterD. Delj, Imre Keszi Music directorFranz Liszt, Ferenc Farkas ScreenplayImre Keszi, Leonid Lyubashevsky CastImre Sinkovits (Ferenc Liszt), Ariadna Shengelaya (Carolyne), Sándor Pécsi (Belloni), Igor Dmitriev (Prince Wittgenstein) Similar moviesSong Without End (1960)
Szerelmi almok Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Liszt (English: Dreams of Love Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Liszt, also known in English as The Loves of Liszt) is a Hungarian-Soviet epic musical/drama produced and directed by Marton Keleti, based on the biography of the Hungarian composer and pianist Franz Liszt.
While the movie was criticized for some of its historical inaccuracies, its epic scope and intense scenes of virtuoso musical performances won wide praise and has been credited with affecting the cultural landscape of the 1970s Eastern Europe.
This is a romantic biographical film about Franz Liszt. In a distinguished saloon of Paris, the unknown composer, Liszt, defeats the renown Thalberg at a piano competition. Through his playing, he wins the favours and later the hand of the countess D'Agoult. A daughter is born in their marriage, Cosima. Liszt is better and better known, Marie introduces him to the circle of artists.
An epic film about the Hungarian virtuoso pianist and composer Franz Liszt. He is an international star giving performances all over Europe and goes on a concert tour to St. Petersburg, Russia. Liszts brilliant piano playing impressed the Russian royalty and aristocracy. Even the Russian Tsar stops talking when Liszt plays his piano. Liszt becomes a friend of the Russian composer Glinka. Liszts beautiful music touches everyones heart. Women are pursuing him and his lengthy affair with countess Marie dAgoult is in trouble.
In Russia, Liszt meets the beautiful Princess Carolyne, they fall in love, and she soon leaves her husband for Liszt. She becomes a muse and inspiration for Liszt, and his last and strongest love. Inspired by his love for Carolyne, Liszt creates the most beautiful romantic piano composition, "Liebestraum" (also known as "Dream of Love") dedicated to her, and the piece becomes a classic hit. But the church does not allow Liszt to marry Carolyne, because she could not terminate her first marriage. The unmarried couple moves to the city of Weimar, where Liszt becomes the music director for the royal orchestra. This becomes the most productive and happy period in Liszts life.
The brilliant pianist and composer Franz Liszt becomes a superstar. He tours many countries and makes people happy with his music, albeit his love life is in trouble. Carolyne cannot terminate her marriage while her husband is alive. Her relatives are against Liszt. She and Liszt remain unmarried, and Liszt suffers from emotional pain until the end of his life. Being loved by the public, Liszt is never really happy in his personal life, so he expresses himself making beautiful music.
Imre Sinkovits Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Liszt
Ariadna Shengelaya Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Carolyne
Sandor Pecsi Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Belloni
Klara Luchko Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Marie dAgoult
Igor Dmitriev Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Wittgenstein
Larissa Trembovelskay Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Lola Montez
Irina Gubanova Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Olga Janina
Tamas Major Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Pope Pius IX
Klari Tolnay Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Cosima
Lajos Basti Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Agost Trefort, minister of culture
Ferenc Bessenyei Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Vorosmarty
Adam Szirtes Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Miska
Petr Shelokhonov Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Glinka, Russian composer
Sandor Suka Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Haydn, Austrian composer
Gabor Madi Szabo
Eva Ruttkai (voice dubbing for the character of Carolyne in the Hungarian version)
Ildiko Pecsi (voice dubbing for the character of Lola Montez in the Hungarian version)
Song Without End (1960). The Man of Gold (1962). Imre Sinkovits and Tamas Major appear in The Loves of Liszt and Stars of Eger. Nobodys Daughter (1976). Adrift (1970).
This is a joint Hungarian-Soviet production of MAFILM Studio 3 and Lenfilm Studio.
Production dates: 1968Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1970.
Filmed in the Soviet Union, East Germany and Hungary.
Liszts historic performance in Russia was filmed at St. Petersburg Bolshoi Philharmonic Hall.
Sviatoslav Richter plays piano for the character of Liszt, including etudes and the famous "Liebestraum".
The Hungarian version runtime is 174 minutes.
The Soviet version is reduced down to 150 minutes, with some scenes deleted.
The American version is reduced to 130 minutes, with many scenes deleted.
Released in 1970 in Hungary and the Soviet Union.
Released on September 29, 1972, in Finland, and in December 1975, in the USA.