The Great Waltz

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OSCAR WINNER: Best Cinematography Dazzling? Daring? The Great Waltz may have you searching for ways to describe its great charms. This cinematic rhapsody loosely based on the life of composer Johann Strauss is truly “an overlooked gem," according... read more
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OSCAR WINNER: Best Cinematography Dazzling? Daring? The Great Waltz may have you searching for ways to describe its great charms. This cinematic rhapsody loosely based on the life of composer Johann Strauss is truly “an overlooked gem," according to The Motion Picture Guide. To capture what the film calls “the spirit” of Strauss’ music, The Great Waltz combines exquisite craftsmanship with spirited inventiveness. The splendid backlot re-creations of Viennese settings range from convivial biergartens to ornate palaces. Dimitri Tiomkin’s arrangements of Strauss’ incredible music (with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) swirl and dive. And the camerawork glides with bravura artistry. Julien Duvivier directs, getting radiant performances from two-time Oscar winner Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth), Fernand Gravet and Oscar-nominated diva Miliza Korjus. Wonderful? Phenomenal? Choose your own description.

Original Release

11/04/1938

US Release

11/04/1938

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Cast

Luise Rainer Poldi Vogelhuber
Fernand Gravey Johann Strauss / Johann 'Schani' Strauss II
Miliza Korjus Carla Donner
Hugh Herbert Hofbauer / Julius Hofbauer, Music Publisher
Lionel Atwill Count Hohenfried / Count Anton 'Tony' Hohenfried
Curt Bois Kienzl
Leonid Kinskey Dudelman
Al Shean Cellist
Minna Gombell Mrs. Hofbauer
George Houston Schiller
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Julien Duvivier, Josef von Sternberg, Victor Fleming

Writers

Samuel Hoffenstein, Walter Reisch, Gottfried Reinhardt, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Vicki Baum

Cast

Luise Rainer Poldi Vogelhuber
Fernand Gravey Johann Strauss / Johann 'Schani' Strauss II
Miliza Korjus Carla Donner
Hugh Herbert Hofbauer / Julius Hofbauer, Music Publisher
Lionel Atwill Count Hohenfried / Count Anton 'Tony' Hohenfried
Curt Bois Kienzl
Leonid Kinskey Dudelman
Al Shean Cellist
Minna Gombell Mrs. Hofbauer
George Houston Schiller
Bert Roach Vogelhuber
Greta Meyer Mrs. Vogelhuber
Sig Ruman Wertheimer
Herman Bing Dommayer
Henry Hull Franz Josef
Alma Kruger Mrs. Strauss
Frank Mayo Ship's Officer
Christian Rub Coachman
Ralph Sanford Policeman Outside Hohenfried's
Ernie Alexander Revolutionary

Producers

Editors

Tom Held

1939OscarBest Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1939OscarBest Cinematography Won
1939OscarBest Film Editing Nominated
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