The Great Waltz (1972)

G   |    |  Biography, Drama, Music

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Composer Johann Strauss becomes the "Waltz-King" and woos a baron's mistress in 19th-century Austria.


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31 May 2016 | humbi-1
| The Great Waltz airs again!!
After several requests, TCM aired the 1972 remake of The Great Waltz this past week. For fans of Strauss waltzes, history and Vienna, this movie will just hit the spot. "The world worships the original", but unlike the studio backlot photographed 1939 B&W version, the 1972 version was shot in PANAVISION and was the last film to be theatrically shown in CINERAMA. MGM went all out in using on-location photography throughout Austria and Vienna, including the Blue Danube river. Horst Bucholtz and Mary Costa did a terrific job in the leading roles, and it was a very enjoyable musical review of the struggle of father and son in leaving the world with their great compositions. I agree, the directing swayed between drama and comedy, but such is life. It is unfortunate this film has not been made available to it's fans and followers on DVD, or even digital download. Let's hope TCM and the Warners Archives Collection makes it possible for at least a made-on-demand DVD.

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1 November 1972



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