Song of Love

The intertwined lives of the three musical legends form "Song of Love,"a sumptuously produced and skillfully played biopic set to 11 musical pieces that include Schumann's "Arabeske," Brahms' "Lullaby" and the "Mephisto Waltz" of Franz Liszt.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 59 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: August 24, 2010
  • Originally Released: 1947
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:


User Ratings: 444
Rating: 1.5/5 -- The basic romance of the Schumanns has been reduced to cloying clichés and the brilliance of Brahms and his acid nature have been sloughed off for just a 'good-old-Charley' type. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006
Rating: 3/5 -- It's typical of MGM's middle-brow mindset that the tumultuous story of the Schumanns and Brahms puts them on the level of Andy Hardy Goes Classical. Full Review
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 16, 2007

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The music, composed long ago, still speaks to us. It reaches out to tell us of profound struggles and great genius, of aching setbacks and glorious triumphs, of three people whose names, like their music, echo across the years: Clara Wieck, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The intertwined lives of the three musical legends form "Song of Love," a sumptuously produced and skillfully played biopic set to 11 musical pieces that include Schumann's poignant "Arabeske," Brahms' tender "Lullaby" and the "Mephisto Waltz" of Franz Liszt. Katharine Hepburn portrays renowned pianist Wieck, married to troubled Schumann (Paul Henreid) yet romantically admired by Brahms (Robert Walker). And virtuoso pianist Artur Rubenstein ghosts the recorded pieces that the stars, in a deft display of acting prowess, seem to play on screen. Bravo to all!

Product Description:

Katharine Hepburn portrays the concert pianist Clara Wieck Schumann, wife of composer Robert Schumann (Paul Heinreid), in this solid historical melodrama. A devoted wife and mother, Clara gives up her own promising career to marry the brilliant but unsuccessful composer and raise their seven children. As Robert struggles to support their family, a young, brilliant student of his, Johannes Brahms (Robert Walker), becomes smitten with Clara. But as Brahms rises to glory as a composer, his teacher sinks into madness. Robert Schumann's downfall and eventual incarceration lead to Clara's own unwavering devotion to her husband's legacy; she is determined to popularize his gifted compositions by playing them herself. (Hepburn's piano playing in the film was actually done by Artur Rubinstein.) Similar in tone to Columbia Pictures' Song Series, which includes 1945's A SONG TO REMEMBER, a biopic of Chopin; and 1960's SONG WITHOUT END, the story of composer Franz Liszt, this historical biography captures the genius of the now well known composer and his staunch supporter. The film is filled with captivating music from Brahms, Liszt, and Schumann.

Plot Synopsis:

Composers Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms and the woman they both loved are the subject of this historical melodrama that features the wonderful music of Franz Liszt, Brahms, and Schumann.


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