Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Song to Remember

A Song to Remember tells the story of Fredric Chopin. This film is quite simply a bore. Now this is not a case where the material just is not there. There is. As with too many films about composers it ignores the creative process, Chopin evidently just composes when we are not looking here. It should have a great score but somehow it wastes the music in such bizarre fashion. Then even in his personal life there should be something interesting with his relationship with Georges Sand, but its so poorly developed they make her seem just like a villain. The performances are almost understandably bland, given the material, and oddly enough Paul Muni is the most successful performer because he hams it up a bit. It's such a lifeless film that it seems like it actively sucks out the soul of something that should be inherently spirited.

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