Monday, January 10, 2011

Waltzes from Vienna (1934)

This early oddity from Alfred Hitchcock is much better than its reputation. That reputation comes from Hitchcock himself, who told Francois Truffaut that directing this musical biopic was the lowest ebb of his career. But it's a pretty good film, just not a film typical of Hitchcock. It's about Johann Strauss the younger and the composition of The Blue Danube. It's funny in the places it's meant to be funny, it has a decent love triangle, the acting is good (including a turn by the always reliable Edmund Gwenn as the elder Strauss), and the sound quality is very nice for 1934.

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