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Friday, April 30, 2010

Rhapsody (1954)

Charles Vidor (GILDA) directs this glossy MGM Technicolor romancer which is set in the world of classical music with large doses of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven concerts stopping the movie cold. A neurotic, spoiled rich girl (Elizabeth Taylor) must play second fiddle to an emerging violinist (Vittorio Gassman) whose first love is music. Meanwhile, a pianist (John Ericson) pines over Liz. Someone’s bound to get hurt big time. Taylor is at the height of her beauty and looks terrific in her Helen Rose frocks and gowns and the glam factor is enough to hold one’s interest until it gets all sappy and sentimental during the film’s final 20 minutes. With Louis Calhern, Michael Chekhov, Barbara Bates and Stuart Whitman.

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