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Specter of the Rose (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Music | 5 July 1946 (USA)
Ballet dancer Andre Sanine (Ivan Kirov) may have murdered his first wife. A detective thinks so, and he's not the only one. Andre is charming, if a little peculiar. Haidi (Viola Essen), a ... See full summary »

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Ben Hecht

Writer:

Ben Hecht (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Anderson ... Madame La Sylph
Michael Chekhov ... Max Polikoff
Ivan Kirov ... Andre Sanine
Viola Essen ... Haidi
Lionel Stander ... Lionel Gans
Charles 'Red' Marshall Charles 'Red' Marshall ... Specs McFarlan (as Charles Marshall)
George Shdanoff George Shdanoff ... Kropotkin (as George Shadnoff)
Billy Gray Billy Gray ... Jack Jones
Juan Panalle Juan Panalle ... Jibby
Lew Hearn ... Mr. Lyons
Ferike Boros ... Mamochka
Bert Hanlon Bert Hanlon ... Margolies
Constantine Constantine ... Alexis Bloom
Fred Pollino Fred Pollino ... Giovanni (as Ferdinand Pollina)
Polly Rose Polly Rose ... Olga
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Storyline

Ballet dancer Andre Sanine (Ivan Kirov) may have murdered his first wife. A detective thinks so, and he's not the only one. Andre is charming, if a little peculiar. Haidi (Viola Essen), a ballerina, marries him. The company takes its new production on tour. But Andre's control seems to be slipping. Written by David Steele

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spectre of the Rose See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ben Hecht Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only movie in which Ivan Kirov (Andre Sanine) appeared. He worked on the stage and made at least one appearance as himself on television. See more »

Quotes

Andre Sanine: Hug me with your eyes.
Haidi: I am.
Andre Sanine: Harder.
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Connections

Referenced in Baryshnikov: Live at Wolf Trap (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Invitation to the Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Carl Maria von Weber
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extraordinary film
25 December 1999 | by nick-282See all my reviews

I am surprised and even saddened that there are no other votes or comments for this extraordinary film about the ballet world, because that would seem to mean that no one using IMDB has seen it; you are missing one of the most unique films ever made.

Ben Hecht wrote and Ben Hecht directed this surreal film about a dancer in the eccentric world of ballet who is obsessed with a ballerina; there are few if any obsessions that are not destructive, and I will not give away the ending, but it is spectacular and moving. You will not forget this film once you have seen it.


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