Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1960. William Goetz Productions. Screenplay by Oscar Millard. Cinematography by James Wong Howe. Produced by William Goetz. Music by Morris Stoloff, Harry Sukman. Production Design by Walter Holscher. Costume Design by Jean Louis. Film Editing by William A. Lyon.
More like Movie Without End; you’d never believe just how boring Franz Liszt’s life really was until you watch this painfully dry biopic. Dirk Bogarde enigmatically plays the famed nineteenth-century composer and pianist who enjoyed a lifelong friendship with Wagner as well as the company of many high-born women. His romance with one in particular, played by model-turned-actress Capucine, is the main focus of the film. Liszt’s gorgeous music is all over the film, but the wooden screenplay and Capucine’s weak, amateurish performance pulls it down to its demise.
Academy Award: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture
Golden Globe Award: Best Picture-Musical
Nominations: Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Dirk Bogarde); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Capucine)