Unfinished Symphony (film)

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Unfinished Symphony
"Unfinished Symphony" (1934).jpg
Original lobby card
Directed by Anthony Asquith
Willi Forst
Written by Willi Forst
Benn W. Levy
Walter Reisch
Starring Mártha Eggerth
Helen Chandler
Hans Jaray
Ronald Squire
Cinematography Franz Planer
Distributed by Gaumont British (UK)
Fox Film Corporation (US)
Release date
23 August 1934 (UK)
11 January 1935 (US)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United Kingdom

Unfinished Symphony is a 1934 British-Austrian musical drama film directed by Anthony Asquith and starring Mártha Eggerth, Helen Chandler, Hans Jaray, and Ronald Squire.[1] The film is based on the story of Franz Schubert who, in the 1820s left his symphony unfinished after losing the love of his life.[2] The film's alternate German-language version was called Gently My Songs Entreat.[3] This title refers to the first line of the Lied "Ständchen" (Serenade) from Schubert's collection Schwanengesang, "the most famous serenade in the world", performed by Mártha Eggerth in the film.[4]


Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "with a happy unconcern for dismal historical truths, the agreeable little musical film at the Roxy pursues the history of Franz Schubert's glorious B Minor symphony along the silken paths of romance...Hans Jaray's performance reveals Schubert as a gentle and sad-faced youth, inordinately sensitive and at the same time filled with modest confidence in his genius. The well-known German actress and singer, Marta Eggerth, is the lovely aristocrat who laughed at the wrong time, and she helps the photoplay considerably with the warmth and skill of her interpretations of the Schubert songs. Helen Chandler pouts agreeably as the unhappy pawnshop maiden who loved the composer though his heart belonged to another. Despite its mediocre and sometimes wretched photography, Unfinished Symphony provides a politely winning background for the immortal lieder of the great composer."[5]


  1. ^ "Unfinished Symphony (1934)". IMDb. 30 May 1935.
  2. ^ "The Unfinished Symphony (1934)". BFI.
  3. ^ "10 great films set in Vienna". British Film Institute.
  4. ^ "Gently My Songs Entreat (1933)". What Film.
  5. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B07EFDA103FE53ABC4C52DFB766838E629EDE

External links

  • Unfinished Symphony on IMDb

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