Der Zigeunerbaron (1954)

Genres - Musical, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Operetta, Musical Comedy, Musical Romance  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - France, West Germany  |  
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This is the third cinematic production of Johann Strauss the Younger's The Gypsy Baron and it is an amateur effort except for the singing. First performed in 1885, the operetta ("little opera") has all the characteristics of its genre at this time: mistaken identity, political connotations, gaiety, great waltzes, and an overlay of comedy. The story is set in the 17th century and focuses on Sandor von Barinkay (Carlos Thompson) whose father had once hidden a treasure in the forest somewhere. The pig dealer Zsupan knows about the treasure and would like to marry his daughter Arsena to Barinkay to form an alliance between their two families. But when Barinkay meets Czipra (Ida Ehre), a gypsy who also knows about the treasure, the gypsies see Barinkay as their new leader. By gaining the spurious title of "Baron of the Gypsies" he now has the appropriate baronial rank to marry Arsena -- and then he meets Saffi (Daniele Gaubert), a gypsy who turns out to be the daughter of the last Turkish Pasha, and the plot thickens.

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gypsy, mistaken-identity, treasure