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Costume design  Adrian Adolph Greenberg
Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Biography, Drama, Music
Country  United States
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Director  Julien Duvivier Victor Fleming (uncredited) Josef von Sternberg (uncredited)
Writer  Gottfried Reinhardt, Samuel Hoffenstein, Walter Reisch, Vicki Baum
Release date  November 4, 1938 (1938-11-04)
Directors  Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg
Awards  Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
Cast  Luise Rainer (Poldi Vogelhuber), Fernand Gravey (Johann 'Schani' Strauss II (as Fernand Gravet)), Miliza Korjus (Carla Donner), Hugh Herbert (Julius Hofbauer, Music Publisher), Lionel Atwill (Count Anton 'Tony' Hohenfried), Curt Bois (Kienzl)
Similar movies  The Wolf of Wall Street, Black Mass, The Theory of Everything, Max, Dallas Buyers Club, Unbroken
Tagline  Your beating heart,your pounding pulse will tell you it's the most exciting musical love story ever told!

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The Great Waltz is a 1938 American biographical film based very loosely on the life of Johann Strauss II. It starred Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravet (Gravey) and Miliza Korjus. Rainer received top billing at the producer's insistence, but her role is comparatively minor as Strauss' wife, Poldi Vogelhuber. It was the only starring role for Korjus, who was a famous opera soprano and played one in the film.


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Joseph Ruttenberg won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Korjus was nominated for Supporting Actress and Tom Held for Film Editing. The film was popular in Australia and was distributed largely throughout Sydney and Melbourne for two years after its initial release.

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Plot summary

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The highly fictionalised story sees 'Schani' dismissed from his job in a bank. He puts together a group of unemployed musicians who wangle a performance at Dommayer's cafe. The audience is minimal, but when two opera singers, Carla Donner and Fritz Schiller, visit whilst their carriage is being repaired, the music attracts a wider audience.

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Strauss is caught up in a student protest; he and Carla Donner avoid arrest and escape to the Vienna Woods, where he is inspired to create the waltz 'Tales from the Vienna Woods'.

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Carla asks Strauss for some music to sing at an aristocratic soiree and this leads to the composer receiving a publishing contract. He's on his way, and he can now marry Poldi Vogelhuber, his sweetheart. But the closeness of Strauss and Carla Donner during rehearsals of operettas, atrracts comment, not least from Count Hohenfried, Donner's admirer.

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Poldi remains loyal to Strauss and the marriage is a long one. He is received by the Kaiser Franz Josef (whom he unknowingly insulted in the aftermath of the student protests) and the two stand before cheering crowds on the balcony of Schönbrunn.

Box office

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According to MGM records the film earned $918,000 in the US and Canada and $1,504,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $724,000.


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  • Luise Rainer as Poldi Vogelhuber
  • Fernand Gravet as Johann Strauss
  • Miliza Korjus as Carla Donner
  • Hugh Herbert as Hofbauer
  • Lionel Atwill as Count Hohenfried
  • Curt Bois as Kienzl
  • Al Shean as Cellist
  • Minna Gombell as Mrs. Hofbauer
  • Alma Kruger as Mrs. Strauss
  • Greta Meyer as Mrs. Vogelhuber
  • Bert Roachas Vogelhuber
  • Henry Hull as Imperator Franz Joseph
  • Sig Rumann as Wertheimer
  • George Houston as Schiller
  • Herman Bing as Dommayer
  • Christian Hub as Coachman
  • Re-make

    The film was re-made in 1972 with Horst Buchholz playing Strauss alongside Mary Costa, Nigel Patrick and Yvonne Mitchell.


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