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Song of Love (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 9 October 1947 (USA)
Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Ivan Tors, Irma von Cube (as Irmgard von Cube) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Clara Wieck Schumann
Paul Henreid ... Robert Schumann
Robert Walker ... Johannes Brahms
Henry Daniell ... Franz Liszt
Leo G. Carroll ... Professor Wieck
Elsa Janssen ... Bertha (as Else Janssen)
Gigi Perreau ... Julie Schumann
'Tinker' Furlong 'Tinker' Furlong ... Felix Schumann
Ann Carter ... Marie Schumann
Janine Perreau ... Eugenie Schumann
Jimmy Hunt ... Ludwig Schumann
Anthony Sydes Anthony Sydes ... Ferdinand Schumann
Eilene Janssen ... Elise Schumann
Roman Bohnen ... Dr. Hoffman
Ludwig Stössel ... Haslinger (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A Love Story So Beautiful It Was Set to Music!

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Love Story See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of George Chakiris. See more »

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Soundtracks

Traumerai
(uncredited)
Music by Robert Schumann
Played onscreen by Robert Walker and later by Katharine Hepburn
Piano dubbed by Artur Rubinstein
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A wonderful experience for romantic musicians.
13 September 2001 | by JBall75487See all my reviews

Yes,we can ignore the opinions of the pedantic musical historians who belittle this film, because this is one for anyone with a love of music ! In essence, historically accurate - Brahms was a friend of the Schumanns, Robert did suffer from a brain disorder which drove him to attempt suicide and caused his early death, Brahms undoubtedly loved Clara, but she remained faithful to Robert for the rest of her life, whilst she pursued the career of a piano virtuoso (which she was).All of this adds up to a romantic story with all the necessary ingredients plus the music of Schumann and Brahms,(played with customary brilliance by Artur Rubinstein) surely a guarantee of success. The three principal characters are played with a reasonable degree of authenticity, indeed, Robert Walker bears such an uncanny resemblance to Brahms as a young man that one suspects he may be a descendent ! And what a tour-de -force is Miss Hepburns characterisation of Clara Schumann, a woman, by all accounts, possessed of steely resolve and immense courage. The only relatively weak link is Paul Henried, who bears not the slightest resemblance to Schumann, and fails to convey Schumann's determination and musical genius - perhaps a little pedestrian and lacking conviction. The performance of Henry Daniell as Franz Liszt is superb, projecting the personality of 'the Master' to perfection, and particularly worthy of note is his 'performance' of Schumann's 'Widmung', where his simulated pianistic technique is incredibly accurate, indeed, one suspects that he may well be a competent pianist in his own right. The whole essence of this drama is conveyed with a flair and a grasp of the subtle nuances of the various relationships which generates an astonishing degree of authenticity, almost as if we are seeing the events as they actually happened. Add to this the music, the pianism of the incomparable Rubinstein, and a classic has been born to stand the test of time ! As a matter of interest, Schumann composed the song 'Widmung' (Devotion) at the time of his marriage to Clara - the music 'played' by Henry Daniell is,in fact, not the original song, but an arrangement by Franz Liszt.


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