Vienna Waltzes (1961)

Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Austria  |  
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This biopic chronicles the life and rise to fame of the original waltz king, Johann Strauss. The composer developed his radical new sound while conducting a small band in a restaurant. It was his mistress, a milliner, who created the dance. Soon after its appearance, the waltz became the rage of Vienna. The new-found wealth and fame goes to Strauss' head and he ends up abandoning his wife to tour Europe with his lover. Years pass before he returns to Vienna. There the curmudgeonly Strauss discovers that his son, Johann Jr. has become almost as famous for his waltzes. Family discord ensues, but just before the elder Strauss dies, he hears his son's music and the two finally reconcile.

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abandonment, band [music group], boy, child, composer, elder, fame, family, father, hearing [sense], mistress, music, musical [play], native, reconciliation, restaurant, son, tourist, wife