Ein Walzertraum (1926)

Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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This UFA silent, based on an old operetta, is far more light-hearted and spirited than the moody, heavy-handed fare that generally came out of Germany. It is a romantic comedy involving the pretty-but-prudish Princess Alix (Mady Christians). She is pawned off on the playful Count Nicholas Preyn (Willy Fritsch) by another suitor who has found her too prim. Nicholas loosens her up at a wine festival and winds up marrying her. As a (sober) wife she's just as frigid as when she was a maiden, so Nicholas goes to a beer garden where he carries on a flirtation with the female band leader, Franzi (Xenia Desni). Princess Alix, however, really does want to please her new husband, so she finds a Viennese woman to give her some advice. The woman, by coincidence, is Franzi, who gives her a crash course in how to dress sexily. Nicholas arrives and is overjoyed to discover that his wife really does want to thaw out. The more experienced Franzi, meanwhile, is hurt but able to philosophically shrug off the end of her romance.

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advice, aristocracy, extramarital-affair, love-triangle, marriage, princess