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Song Without End

Released Aug 11, 1960 2h 25m Biography List
83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 39% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Famous pianist Franz Liszt (Dirk Bogarde) is unhappily married to Countess Marie D'Agoult (Genevieve Page) and considers quitting performing in order to devote his life to God. However, he then meets Princess Carolyne (Capucine), the wife of Prince Nicholas (Ivan Desny) of Russia, and instantly falls in love with her. Liszt follows the princess on her tour around Europe and eventually leaves his wife, hoping to marry Carolyne. However, Nicolas is not ready to give her up. Read More Read Less
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Variety Staff Variety A must-see motion picture for music lovers, an enriching experience for family audiences, and a particularly compelling attraction for social security eligibles. Jul 6, 2010 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times Anyone moved by musical richness and pictorial splendor should go quite nutty over this film. May 9, 2005 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Most of the venerable Hollywood clichés about the night-thoughts of musical geniuses are doggedly repeated, and some of the concert-hall excerpts are annoyingly brief. On the whole, though, it's an item worth seeing and hearing. Oct 29, 2019 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com The great music is THE thing in this musical biography. Rated: 4/5 Mar 23, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 26, 2005 Full Review Geoff Andrew Film4 History is bunk, and the conception of creative genius as half-baked as, say, a Ken Russell film, in that it's purely love that makes the music flow. May 24, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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jimmy b You'll wish this song would end. It's great for insomniacs who will soon fall asleep. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/23/24 Full Review StephenPaul C The greatest 02 hours: and 25 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/07/23 Full Review Roger J Not good history... liberties taken by screen writers. Good performance by Bogarde. Outstanding piano recitals. Was Liszt really as nasty as he is portrayed? That said, Liszt was probably the best pianist who ever lived. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review steve d It was also a film that felt like it wouldn't end. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The great music is THE thing in this musical biography. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review s r A poor narrative, but I enjoyed learning about Liszt's life. It was also filmed in beautiful locations. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Famous pianist Franz Liszt (Dirk Bogarde) is unhappily married to Countess Marie D'Agoult (Genevieve Page) and considers quitting performing in order to devote his life to God. However, he then meets Princess Carolyne (Capucine), the wife of Prince Nicholas (Ivan Desny) of Russia, and instantly falls in love with her. Liszt follows the princess on her tour around Europe and eventually leaves his wife, hoping to marry Carolyne. However, Nicolas is not ready to give her up.
Director
Charles Vidor, George Cukor
Producer
William Goetz
Distributor
Columbia Pictures
Production Co
Columbia
Genre
Biography
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 11, 1960, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 27, 2010
Runtime
2h 25m
Sound Mix
Stereo
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