The Unfinished Symphony

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography

The life of Franz Schubert is trivialized in this English-language version of an Austrian film. Yaray is the great composer, impoverished, unknown, and unable to finish the symphony he has been working on. A friend lands him a performance for a princess, Sterler, but while the composer is passionately pouring his heart into the performance, aristocratic...read more

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The life of Franz Schubert is trivialized in this English-language version of an Austrian film. Yaray is the great composer, impoverished, unknown, and unable to finish the symphony he has been working on. A friend lands him a performance for a princess, Sterler, but while the composer is

passionately pouring his heart into the performance, aristocratic Eggerth laughs out loud at some private joke. His concentration ruined, Yaray angrily stomps out. Eggerth takes a fancy to this hotheaded musician, and she convinces her father to hire him as her music teacher. They fall in love

over the keyboard and, inspired, he finishes his symphony. They are forbidden to marry, though, because of the class difference. After she marries a suitably titled young man, Yaray tears up the final pages of the symphony, leaving it, like his love, incomplete. Film biographies of great composers

are, almost as a rule, sentimental, glossy romances with great hunks of watered-down classical music underscoring every scene. This film falls into a lot of the same traps, but it is still above average for this sort of thing. Asquith was happy to take on this project as Schubert was his favorite

composer, but the story was a maudlin soap opera and he had to follow the Austrian film fairly closely. Good quality filmmaking that was quite successful with the public.

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