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Congress Dances (1931)

Der Kongreß tanzt (original title)
Vienna glove-sales-lady Christl falls in love to Czar Alexander. Metternich tries to use this to keep him out of the conferences of the Vienna Congress from 1815.

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Erik Charell
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lilian Harvey ... Christel Weinzinger, Gloves-seller
Willy Fritsch ... Czar Alexander of Russia (as Willi Fritsch)
Otto Wallburg ... Bibikoff, his Adjutant
Conrad Veidt ... Prince Metternich
Carl-Heinz Schroth ... Pepi, his Secretary (as Carl Heinz Schroth)
Lil Dagover ... The Countess
Adele Sandrock ... The Princess
Margarete Kupfer ... The Countess
Julius Falkenstein ... The Minister of Finance
Max Gülstorff Max Gülstorff ... The Bürgermeister
Paul Hörbiger ... Heurigen Singer
Boris Romanoff Boris Romanoff ... Dancer
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Storyline

Vienna glove-sales-lady Christl falls in love to Czar Alexander. Metternich tries to use this to keep him out of the conferences of the Vienna Congress from 1815. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

25 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kongressen danser See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Lilian Harvey played Christel in the English, French and German versions of this film. Conrad Veidt played Metternich in the simultaneously filmed English-language version of "Der Kongress tanzt." called "Congress Dances". Pierre Magnier assumed the role in the French version. Lil Dagover, Veidt's co-star in "The Cabinet of Dr, Caligari," played the countess in all three versions. See more »

Goofs

The Gala Opera performance features Borodin's Polotsvian Dances. These were first performed in 1890, sixty-five years after the film is set. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Le congrès s'amuse (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Polovetsian Dances
Written by Aleksandr Borodin
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A masterpiece.
9 March 2007 | by ichinatsuno-1See all my reviews

This film is a treasure. It's really witty, funny... full or light eroticism, beautifully performed... lovely songs.

The long sequence of Lilian Harvey being driven to her "new Villa", singing a song is nothing less than a 10 minutes masterpiece in its own right. Harvey is sensational, wonderfully spontaneous. The song is instantly catchy. The hundreds of extras waving at the carriage, throwing flowers and balloons... the children dancing. Everything wonderfully filmed, timed and choreographed. There is a genuine joy in it that will make you feel like a child and smile.

This sequence catches the spirit of the film, but YOU ARE GETTING IT ALL WRONG IF YOU THINK THIS IS THE ONLY PART WORTH SEEING. The film is a wonderfully funny comedy to be compared with a masterpiece like "To be or not to be". In fact my rating is 10.

Films just DON'T GET ANY BETTER.

Sorry if I sound too enthusiastic, but I was just amazed. Don't miss it. It's really special.


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