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Strauss Dynasty 

A dramatisation of two generations of the Strauss family of Vienna, whose dance music and operettas dominated much of Europe and beyond for most of the 19th century.








Series cast summary:
Edward Fox ...  Metternich 8 episodes, 1991
Alice Krige ...  Olga 8 episodes, 1991
John Rhys-Davies ...  Gribov 8 episodes, 1991
Cherie Lunghi ...  Jetti 8 episodes, 1991
Lisa Harrow ...  Anna 8 episodes, 1991
Anton Lesser ...  Levi 8 episodes, 1991
David Yelland ...  Lanner 8 episodes, 1991
Duncan Bell Duncan Bell ...  Pepi 8 episodes, 1991
Adrian Lukis ...  Edi 8 episodes, 1991
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Hirsch 8 episodes, 1991
Anthony Higgins ...  Johann Strauß sen. 8 episodes, 1991
Ronald Lacey ...  Bauer 8 episodes, 1991
Stephen McGann ...  Johann 'Schani' Strauß jun. 8 episodes, 1991
Geoffrey Whitehead ...  Halmi 8 episodes, 1991
John Gielgud ...  Drechsler 8 episodes, 1991
Jane Arden Jane Arden ...  Karoline 8 episodes, 1991
Paris Jefferson Paris Jefferson ...  Eva 8 episodes, 1991
Julia Stemberger Julia Stemberger ...  Emmi 8 episodes, 1991
Sophie Ward ...  Kathi 8 episodes, 1991
Emma Bowe Emma Bowe ...  Lili 8 episodes, 1991
Emily Richard Emily Richard ...  Adele 8 episodes, 1991
Krista Stadler ...  Olga's Mother 8 episodes, 1991
Michael Aichhorn Michael Aichhorn 2 episodes, 1991
Alf Beinell Alf Beinell 2 episodes, 1991
Christopher Benjamin 2 episodes, 1991
Wolfgang Böck 2 episodes, 1991
Toni Böhm Toni Böhm 2 episodes, 1991
Roger Booth 2 episodes, 1991
Jaromír Borek Jaromír Borek 2 episodes, 1991
David Cameron David Cameron 2 episodes, 1991
Alex Covalsky Alex Covalsky 2 episodes, 1991
Vilma Degischer ...  Dancing old woman 2 episodes, 1991
Benno Felling Benno Felling 2 episodes, 1991
Don Fenner Don Fenner 2 episodes, 1991
Fritz Fleischhacker 2 episodes, 1991
Michael Gampe Michael Gampe 2 episodes, 1991
Susanne Granzer Susanne Granzer 2 episodes, 1991
Robert Grass Robert Grass 2 episodes, 1991
Julia Gschnitzer Julia Gschnitzer ...  Fortuneteller 2 episodes, 1991
Fritz Hammel Fritz Hammel 2 episodes, 1991
Miguel Herz-Kestranek 2 episodes, 1991
Dietrich Hollinderbäumer 2 episodes, 1991
Peter Janisch Peter Janisch 2 episodes, 1991
Colin Jeavons ...  K.u.k. civil servant in a License office 2 episodes, 1991
Georges Kern Georges Kern 2 episodes, 1991
Beatrix Bilgeri Beatrix Bilgeri 2 episodes, 1991
Erhardt Koren Erhardt Koren 2 episodes, 1991
Hans Kraemmer Hans Kraemmer ...  Musician 2 episodes, 1991
Hubert Kramar Hubert Kramar 2 episodes, 1991
Christoph Künzler Christoph Künzler 2 episodes, 1991
Georg Lhotzky Georg Lhotzky 2 episodes, 1991
Alexander Lhotzky Alexander Lhotzky 2 episodes, 1991
Marika Lichter Marika Lichter 2 episodes, 1991
Martin Löschberger Martin Löschberger 2 episodes, 1991
Rudolf Melichar Rudolf Melichar 2 episodes, 1991
Wolfgang Michaelk Wolfgang Michaelk 2 episodes, 1991
Michael Mohapp Michael Mohapp 2 episodes, 1991
Franz Morak Franz Morak ...  Consul 2 episodes, 1991
Sandra Neufeld Sandra Neufeld 2 episodes, 1991
Ralph Nossek Ralph Nossek 2 episodes, 1991
Trevor Peacock 2 episodes, 1991
Hans Pemmer Hans Pemmer 2 episodes, 1991
Klaus Rott Klaus Rott 2 episodes, 1991
Michael Schindlbeck Michael Schindlbeck 2 episodes, 1991
Rolf Schwab Rolf Schwab 2 episodes, 1991
Heinrich Schweiger Heinrich Schweiger 2 episodes, 1991
Herwig Seeböck Herwig Seeböck ...  Dommayer 2 episodes, 1991
Patricia Simpson Patricia Simpson 2 episodes, 1991
Gideon Singer ...  Musician 2 episodes, 1991
Oliver Stern Oliver Stern 2 episodes, 1991
Markus Stolberg Markus Stolberg 2 episodes, 1991
Alexander Strobele Alexander Strobele 2 episodes, 1991
Markus Thill Markus Thill 2 episodes, 1991
Gudrun Tielsch Gudrun Tielsch 2 episodes, 1991
Alexander Trojan Alexander Trojan 2 episodes, 1991
Peter Uray Peter Uray ...  Olga's father 2 episodes, 1991
Guido Wieland Guido Wieland ...  Franz 2 episodes, 1991
Gusti Wolf Gusti Wolf 2 episodes, 1991
Bela Zak Bela Zak 2 episodes, 1991


A dramatisation of two generations of the Strauss family of Vienna, whose dance music and operettas dominated much of Europe and beyond for most of the 19th century.

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Drama | Music


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An der schönen blauen Donau
(main theme)
Written by Johann Strauss
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker
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Beautiful!!! Inspiring!!! Pleasure to watch!!!
7 April 2004 | by marcin_kukuczkaSee all my reviews

I saw this series for the first time in 1992 when it was on Polish TV but I have come back to it many times with great pleasure since then. THE STRAUSS DYNASTY shows the lives of Johann Strauss father and then his sons, the most famous of whom was Johann Strauss son, called Schani.

The whole story is shown with the focus on family life of the Strausses and their career. Their music, the unforgettable waltzes, can be appreciated throughout. I especially like the scene in Paris where Johann Strauss presents his new waltz "An Der Schonen Blauen Donau". At first, no one seems to be keen, but later.... Other moments worth considering are the ones showing Schani's journey to Russia.

Besides, you can find very good cast in this series. The main roles are played by Anthony Higgins (famous British actor) and Stephen Mc Gann (who can be found in many J. Chomsky's films). Among others, Alice Krige is excellent in the role of an insane Olga, Cherie Lunghi also performs very well as Schani's wife, Yetti and an unforgettable John Gielgud. He isn't given much time on screen as old Drechsler, but is equally unforgettable as in his great roles. Nevertheless, he is excellent, as always. John Rhys Davies gives a wonderful performance as prince Gribov: these facial gestures, the way he speaks (consider a funny moment he describes Russia to Schani just before signing the contract concerning Schani's journey). And Lisa Harrow as Mama Strauss is unforgettable. She appropriately presents a woman of strong will, ambition, and of a good heart. Definitely, the acting in this series IS of very high level!

There are many other factors that make this film worth watching. Many scenes are touching, especially the end when Schani is sitting on his armchair and coming back to important events in his life. He sees his father, his brothers, his childhood, the women he loved. When his memory comes to the current events, he closes his eyes and dies. I know that it may seem strange and longish, but Marvin J. Chomsky, most probably, aimed at showing people's belief - when we die, we see our lives.

But the most important factor that talks for the mini series, I think, is the music itself. The director makes a perfect use of it, entailing it in most of the scenes as a background. The lovers of the waltzes will absolutely love the film.

The effect of THE STRAUSS DYNASTY is similar to their music. As a famous orchestra director, Riccardo Muti, said on the 1st of January 2004 in Vienna: "The music of Strauss unites the whole world". THIS SERIES DOES A SIMILAR JOB. Do watch it. You will not regret.

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English | German

Release Date:

1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Strauss Dynasty See more »

Filming Locations:

Baden, Lower Austria, Austria See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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