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Rhapsody (1954)

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115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Spoiled heiress Louise Durant decides to leave the comfort of her father's estate in southern France to study piano at the Music Conservatory in Zurich, despite she knowing she not having the talent or desire to be a professional pianist. ...See moreSpoiled heiress Louise Durant decides to leave the comfort of her father's estate in southern France to study piano at the Music Conservatory in Zurich, despite she knowing she not having the talent or desire to be a professional pianist. She is going there to follow her new boyfriend, violinist Paul Bronte, who is completing his final year of studies there and who she hopes eventually to marry. Not even knowing Paul, this move does not sit well with Louise's father, Nicholas Durant, as he values success over all else, Paul who is not a success. Louise hopes to find her place in Paul's musical life, she not truly understanding the all-consuming passion he and many of the other students have for music. In her view of their world, Louise finds that she cannot be a complementary figure in that musical life as she wants but is in direct competition with it. As such, some students resent Louise for taking away from Paul's talent, while others resent Paul for believing he can give in to Louise's non-musical whims while believing that he is not sacrificing his music. While Paul may ultimately have to choose between the violin and Louise especially as he seems to be on the brink of stardom, pianist John Guest, a freshman at the Conservatory he who lives in the same building as Louise, seems like he is willing to give up everything for Louise in he falling in love with her. In both Paul and John possessing the true talent to make it big, they may end up resenting Louise themselves if they choose her over their music. Louise has to find a way to foster their music while still being part of their lives in her love. Written by Huggo See less
Writers
Ruth Goetz (adaptation) | Augustus Goetz (adaptation) | Fay Kanin | Henry Handel Richardson (novel "Maurice Guest") | Michael Kanin
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Robert H. Planck (as Robert Planck)
Editor
John D. Dunning (as John Dunning)
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$1,300,000
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Apr 16, 1954 (United States)

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Elizabeth Taylor
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Vittorio Gassman
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John Ericson
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Louis Calhern
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6.2 / 10 | 864 votes