Congress Dances (1931)

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During the 1814 Congress in Vienna, the crowned heads of Europe gather together to decide the shape (and fate) of the continent (which would hold -- with some serious cracks -- for exactly 100 years) and devise a strategy for dealing with Napoleon. The ordinary Austrians chafe at the cost of hosting these dignitaries, while the dignitaries find some of the efforts at entertaining them well-intentioned but absurd; the Russian czar Alexander (Willy Fritsch), for instance, doesn't understand why anyone would think he came all the way to Vienna to watch a Russian ballet. Meanwhile, the Austrian prince chancellor Metternich (Conrad Veidt) hopes to keep the Czar away from the congressional table by diverting him with a bevy of beautiful women. But Alexander is one step ahead of Metternich; the Russian leader has engaged the services of an exact double, Oralski (also played by Fritsch), to fulfill his least important social obligations. Into this game of political deception comes glove-maker Christel Weinzinger (Lilian Harvey), whose efforts at greeting the dignitaries (and promoting her shop) leave her mistaken for an anarchist, until the Czar -- advised of her beauty -- intercedes on her behalf. She ends up being romanced by both the Russian ruler and his double, until Metternich's intrigues and Napoleon's distant machinations combine to bring the focus back to official events. Filmed in German, French, and English-language versions, Der Kongress Tanzt was a worldwide success, and one of Harvey's most popular films. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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Art House & International , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Cast

Lilian Harvey
as Christel Weinzinger
Willy Fritsch
as Alexander I of Russia
Otto Wallburg
as Bibikoff his Adjutant
Henri Garat
as Alexander I of Russia/ Uralsky
Conrad Veidt
as Prince Metternich
Carl-Heinz Schroth
as Pepi his Secetary
Gibb McLaughlin
as Bibikoff the Czar's Adjutant
Lil Dagover
as The Countess
Reginald Purdell
as Pepi his Secretary
Eugen Rex
as Ambassador of Saxony
Adele Sandrock
as The Princess
Margarete Kupfer
as The Countess
Julius Falkenstein
as The Minister of Finance
Paul Hörbiger
as Heurigen Singer
Jean Dax
as Ambassador of France
Helen Haye
as The Princess
Spencer Trevor
as The Finance Minister
Thomas Weguelin
as The Mayor of Vienna
Olga Engl
as The Duchess
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