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The Violinist of Florence (1926)

Der Geiger von Florenz (original title)
The young Renée is a bubbly, fun-loving, young woman. She has a very close relationship with her young father, the worse her relationship with her stepmother is.


Paul Czinner


Paul Czinner (screenplay), Paul Czinner (story)




Cast overview:
Elisabeth Bergner ... Renée
Conrad Veidt ... Renées Vater
Nora Gregor ... Renées Stiefmutter
Walter Rilla ... Maler
Grete Mosheim ... Schwester des Malers
Ellen Plessow Ellen Plessow
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The young Renée is a bubbly, fun-loving, young woman. She has a very close relationship with her young father, the worse her relationship with her stepmother is.

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No copies of the original negative are known to exist and for a long time the film could only be seen in a heavily cut version or with Russian intertitles. In 2017 and 2018, the film was restored to its full length by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau foundation based on a copy used for British screenings. See more »

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Story Inoffensive And Simple
1 February 2007 | by FerdinandVonGalitzienSee all my reviews

"Der Geiger von Florenz", film directed by Herr Paul Czinner in the silent year of 1926, tells the story of Renée, a spoiled youngster who idolizes her father and for this reason she can't stand her father's second wife, who loves her husband too.

Due to conflict between daughter and stepmother, Renée finally is put in a Swiss ladies' boarding school in order to calm her down. However, the possessive teenager is bored in Switzerland, doesn't behave correctly and is punished for her faults. She finally decides that it is time to run away from there and go home dressed up as a boy . However, since she has no documents identifying her as a boy, she is unable to cross the Italian border and return home.

A painter discovers the "boy" in the streets and decides "he" is a perfect model for his painting titled violinist of Florence". The painting becomes a big success. Due to the close friendship among the painter and disguised Renée, some complications develop, especially when the painter wants to give her a rub down after her bath. When Renéé's father sees a newspaper illustration of the painting,. he recognizes his daughter and goes to Florence to get Renée himself. However, the painter does not want to be parted from his model ( even though he didn't get to rub her down in the bath ). Obviously, the man has an eyesight problem but finally he discovers the truth and asks Renée's father for her hand.

The principal problem of this film is that while Dame Elisabeth Bergner, as Renée, might be able to fool a Italian painter who needs glasses she could never trick an old aristocratic German Count. Dame Berger is too much feminine to be a boy and too old to be a teenager, so due to such inconsistencies, the film crumbles. Fortunately the Renée's strict father is performed by Herr Conrad Veidt who gives the film enough authority and seriousness to render the story inoffensive and simple, overlooking the more malicious undertones in the oeuvre that would be perfect for a film with such a plot.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must adjust his monocle in order to see things clearly.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/

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Release Date:

20 December 1926 (Finland) See more »

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The Violinist of Florence See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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1.33 : 1
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