Rhapsody (film)

Rhapsody is a 1954 American musical drama film directed by Charles Vidor and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Vittorio Gassman, John Ericson, and Louis Calhern.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Vidor
Produced byLawrence Weingarten
Written by
Based onMaurice Guest
by Henry Handel Richardson
Music by
CinematographyRobert H. Planck
Edited byJohn D. Dunning
Distributed byMGM
Release date
  • March 11, 1954 (1954-03-11) (USA)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,292,000[1]

Plot summary

Based on the novel Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson, the film is about a wealthy and beautiful woman who follows the man she loves and hopes to marry to Zurich where he studies violin at a conservatory.

There she meets a piano student who falls madly in love with her. She must then choose between this man who loves her more than his music, and the violinist who loves his music more than anything else.[2] Rhapsody features music by Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy, and Pablo de Sarasate.



The novel Maurice Guest was originally published in 1908.[4][5]

Rhapsody was filmed on location in Florhofgasse, Zürich (the street scenes) and Pontresina, Kanton Graubünden in Switzerland.[6]


According to MGM records the film earned $1,291,000 in the US and Canada and $2,001,000 overseas, resulting in a loss of $217,000.[1]

The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. "Rhapsody". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  3. "Full cast and crew for Rhapsody". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  4. "MAN, MUSIC, AND LOVE". The Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 3 October 1908. p. 6. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  5. "IN GRIM EARNEST". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 10 October 1908. p. 50. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  6. "Locations for Rhapsody". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  7. "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19.
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