The Hendersonville Film Society continues its November run of encore screenings of some of the most popular music-themed films. This week they’re bringing back Edgar G. Ulmer’s Carnege Hall (1947), about which I wrote a few years ago, “The silly story — one of those pop music vs. classical music tales — is negligible, but the musical segments make up for this (including one that incorporates the Schumann Piano Quintet Ulmer had used to good effect in The Black Cat). Where else are you going to see Arthur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz, Bruno Walter, Ezio Pinza, Risë Stevens, Fritz Reiner and, best of all, Leopold Stokowski in one movie? You have to slog your way through the whole film to get to Stokowski conducting Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, but it’s worth it. Beautifully lit (Stoki’s wild hair was a lighting director’s dream) and shot from clever angles, you immediately understand Rex Harrison extolling the beauty of the maestro conducting with only his hands in Preston Sturges’ Unfaithfully Yours, made the next year.” For the full review go here.
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