- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 21, 2009
- Originally Released: 1954
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Elizabeth Taylor strives for sweet harmony as a privileged young woman who must choose between the two musicians she loves. She first falls for a devoted violinist (Vittorio Gassman) and follows him when he goes off to musical studies abroad. There, she also meets a talented pianist (John Ericson) who tries to play the initially uninterested lady into his heart. As events and emotions unfold, the inevitable conflict arises: which man does she truly love, which one is better for her - and could both be the same person? Smoothly directed by musical movie maestro Charles Vidor, filmed in such romantic locales as Paris, Zurich, St. Moritz and Rome and showcasing vibrant renditions of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven concertos, Rhapsody is a moving and melodic treat.
A woman falls in love with a young violinist who is too passionately devoted to his career to respond. Following him to Zurich, she meets a talented pianist who falls in love with her and must decide between the two men.
This melodrama features Elizabeth Taylor as a woman who must choose between two men in the world of classical music.
Wealthy, whiny Louise Durant gives her heart to Paul Bronte, a violin prodigy. But the musician feels he has no time for love, so he ends the romance in order to focus on his career.
Louise then meets sweet pianist John Ericson, who sacrifices his vocation to court her. They marry and become full-time social butterflies. Without his music, however, John turns to the bottle for solace. When Paul skyrockets to fame, Louise decides she wants him back. Her scheme: persuade John to return to the piano.
As John finds music again, he stops drinking and becomes successful -- and perhaps the man Louise wants after all.
- "Rhapsody" originally began as a project for Paramount Pictures before it was acquired by MGM.
- Additional cast: Richard Lupino (Otto Krafft); Celia Lovsky (Frau Sigerlist); Birgit Nielsen (Madeleine); Jacqueline Duval (Yvonne); and Norma Nevens (Student-Pianist).
- Additional credits: Henry Handel Richardson (source writer: from novel "Maurice Guest") and Michael Rabin (music performer: violin).
- Music includes:
Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor"
Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto in D Major"
- Color by Technicolor.