Kalman: The Circus Princess (Arthaus: 101596)
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Emmerich Kalman (1882-1953) ranks next to Franz Lehar as one of the leading representatives of the"Silver Era" of the operetta, which was stamped above all by the works of the Austro-Hungarian cultural sphere, and which followed the classical period of the Viennese operetta. The roots of the phenomenal originality of his melodies lie in his love of Hungarian gypsy music and his natural affinity for the Viennese waltz tradition, which characterize such musically original, international successes as the operettas"The Czardas Princess" (1915),"Countess Maritza" (1924) and"The Circus Princess" (1926). Kalman emigrated to America in 1939 but returned to Europe after the War and died in Paris on 30 October 1953. Beginning in the 1920s, he increasingly incorporated elements of modern dance music into his stage works. In this entertaining film version some of the great singeractors from the 1960s and 70s can once again be seen and heard - names like Ingeborg Hallstein, Rudolf Schock and Peter Frankenfeld.
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