Waltzes from Vienna (1933)
Waltzes from Vienna Photos
as Johann Strauss, the Elder
as Johann "Schani" Strauss, the Younger
as Countess Helga
as Mme. Fouchett
as The Prince
Critic Reviews for Waltzes from Vienna
It exhibits little of the technical ingenuity which the Hitchcock name might lead us to expect. But it does not diminish the loveliness of "The Blue Danube" and it suspires amiably against its nineteenth century appointments.
Dull costume drama directed by a young Alfred Hitchcock during what he has called "the lowest ebb" of his career.
This anomaly of a musical biopic is one of Hitchcock's few weak films that even he did not like.
The perception of it as a fumbled trifle is dismissed as soon as Hitchcock lays out the artist's dilemma, the kind that would keep hounding him: "Either you're a musician, or a confectioner."
Audience Reviews for Waltzes from Vienna
Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock directs this...pretty lame semi-musical about Strauss writing "The Blue Danube". Hitchcock would later say that it was a low-point in his career and he essentially made it because he wanted to keep working and had nothing better to do. One thing I can say for it (and Hitchcock seemed to agree) it taught him a good deal about how sound should be used in film, and he learned new tricks in sound editing and melding music with the picture, and as he would one day mix the two so wonderfully, I have to give this film some credit. It isn't particularly worth your time, but I'm happy Hitchcock had the opportunity to learn on this picture.
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