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- Verena Kenyon
A truly remarkable love story, so refreshing
the beauty of song of love
- jerry becker
In this age of blood and gore, with CGI trying to douse the audience in endless pools of the red stuff, how nice this cliche about love between two musical geniuses! I enjoy escaping into a world which is over-romanticized! I love being in the presence of people ,who really listen and dance to high art! Who cares if the screen writers took too many liberties with their plot line and characters!!!! It was a gentle escape into a fantasy world-- totally unlike what passes for the genre today and an anodyne sorely needed in an epidemic of Hollywood's obsession with transmogrifying an already angst ridden reality into visions on the screen evermore disturbing!!! No... it did not make it it '47 and certainly would not today (!), but for this minority of ????? I give it four stars!
song of love
- kevin sellers
Previous reviewer Mike McCrann sure as hell nailed it with this one. Maybe if it had been made thirty years later, with Ken Russell directing, and lots of attendant kink and craziness swirling around, it might have worked. But as it is, with its snout firmly stuck in the reverential, 40s Hollywood, classical music bio trough, and helmed by one of Tinseltown's kings of "tasteful" (read slow paced) film making, director Clarence Brown, it's mostly useful as a sleep aid for those trying to kick the Ambien habit. Give it a C minus.
- Mike McCrann
I love Katharine Hepburn but watching Song of Love and Quality Street was like forced labor. Quality Street is a total bore and Song of Love is pretty dreadful too. It is almost two hours long and so little really happens in the film. Kate Hepburn is quite good and it is one of her least mannered performances. Believing she had all those children was a bit of a stretch. Robert Walker was so totally miscast in this film and just walks through it. His back ground problems following his divorce from Jennifer Jones may have been one reason but he must have know what a truly lousy role he had. If one of those kids had said "Uncle Brahms" once more I would have screamed. And all those deadly comic scenes with the housekeeper just slowed the film down to a crawl. Paul Henried was ok as Robert but we really had no background at all on his mental problems other than the world did not understand his music. A really good film could have been made out of this story but Clarence Brown was not the director for this kind of film. Considering how good he did with National Velvet in 45 and then later with Intruder in the Dust it is hard to believe that he made this sappy film. Only Mervyn LeRoy would have stretched out this crud another 1/2 hour and made an even deadlier film! I wonder what possessed Kate Hepburn to make this movie. Her other 47 film The Sea of Grass was even worse - a rare Elia Kazan turkey. Luckily she stepped into State of The Union after these disasters. She was back in a good film. But back to Song of Love. I had to force myself to keep watching this turkey. Every once in a while there would be a good scene and I thought ok the film is catching fire. It never did.
Who Was tthe Pianist?
I watched with great pleasure, and listened with even greater pleasure to the music being played in yesterday's showing of "Song of Love". I was enthralled with the expertise of the pianist, and wondered who dubbed Katharine Hepburn's playing in the movie. I am very interested in movies depicting the lives of classical musicians and have learned for example, that noted pianist Jose Iturbi dubbed Cornel Wilde's playing (he portrayed the composer Chopin) in the movie "A Song To Remember" which for Chopin lovers was a veritable feast for the ears. Considering that yesterday's movie about the Schumanns (and Brahms) was made within a few years of the movie about Chopin I wondered if Iturbi had done the playing in both films. On the same note I have always been interested in knowing who did the piano playing for Louis Jourdan in the movie "Letter From An Unknown Woman". Was that Iturbi too? Please let me know.
Aside from the incorrect category, this is a charming film full of great music and great love. A little hokey about the love story perhaps but Brahms, Schumann, List? what could be bad?
Not a "Western", in spite of the TCM lineup
I almost skipped this because I wasn't interested in watching a western today, but here I found Song of Love. It really is a dear little film and one of Katherine Hepburn's better performances. Schumann's compositions are extraordinary.
Old fashion love story
Song of Love is a wonderful old movie with a great cast. The story of love surviving hard times and sickness. Two people dedicated to one another by choice and then truly committed.
must see for classical music lovers
- Connie Neilson
My husband and I viewed this movie on TCM while visiting friends in Tucson Thanksgiving 2007. Since we watch TCM religiously, we were amazed that we had never heard of it. We both loved the story, production, acting, music and informative introduction by your wonderful guest hostess who viewed this movie while in Japan. I think it has been played again on TCM a few times, but should be repeated at least once per year, maybe on Clara Wieck Schumann's birthday. This is is one of Katherine Hepburns best movies. Glad to see it is finally available for purchase from TCM!
I am so glad this movie was made!
- Jason Bucklin
I recorded this onto my DVR when TCM ran it a few months ago. I didn't watch it till last night (why I waited so long I don't know---maybe I was afraid it would not be as wonderful as it truly is). Now I am watching it for the second time and the tears are constantly present from the very opening scene. I love Schumann and Brahms, being particularly drawn to the beauty and "love element" present in Schumann's music. This movie really brings that out as it tells the story of Robert and Clara's great love for one another. It's amazing how I forget that it's Katherine Hepburn playing Clara. She *is* Clara in this film, and the love and dedication for Robert that is portrayed by her in this exquisite film is astounding. That's what I have been hearing in Schumann's music ever since I first fell in love with it 20 or so years ago---the Song of Love---his great love for Clara. If you are not moved to tears at the end of this movie then you're probably really dead and just don't know it. ;0)
A Love Song
A wonderful movie! I would love to give this movie to a friend of mine who loves Schumann. She's a classical pianist and would love the story and the music. I hope you make it available soon on DVD.
Romantic era composers
I enjoyed this film and was surprised to find a film depicting three of the Romantic era's composers: Clara Wieck, her husband Robert Schumann, and his student, and subsequent national treasure in his own right, Johannes Brahms. It is a lovely film and one I would love to see transferred to DVD for college music majors to appreciate. Theirs is a lovely story and Clara's is a rarely showcased "female" talent in a male-dominated era coupled with an intensely feminine dedication to her husband's music. It is such an auditory and visual treat (lovely actors).
We need this on DVD!
Saw this marvelous film when I was a teenager, and I remember it still. It's a classic,and as a classical music nut it's remarkable that Hollywood did it.
We Need this in DVD. Outstanding
This movie shows great acting with a wonderful life story. Something about watching someone's life story -- and the life of Robert Schumann to boot. Katherine Hepburn -- superb. Please -- why not available in DVD? This is a classic to watch over and over again.
What a wonderful movie full of grace and character. Two of my grandchildren also saw this movie and were mesmorized by the beautiful music.
Good Robert Walker performance
- Wendy Winkler
This movie provides one of the rare times in Mr. Walker's short career what a fine actor he was.