The Great Awakening (film)

The Great Awakening (1941) is an American historical film directed by Reinhold Schünzel and starring Alan Curtis, Ilona Massey and Billy Gilbert. The film was produced by Gloria Pictures Corporation, and released by United Artists. Miklós Rózsa was responsible for the musical direction, though he later expunged the title from his filmography, because he considered it a travesty of the great composer's life story.

The Great Awakening
Spanish theatrical poster
Directed byReinhold Schünzel
Produced by
Written by
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • September 10, 1941 (1941-09-10)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film, sometimes known by the alternative titles New Wine (original title), One Romantic Night (USA reissue title) or Schubert, the Melody Master, was the last directed by Schünzel who was an exile from Nazi Germany.[1]


Austrian composer Franz Schubert flees from Vienna to avoid conscription, ending up in Hungary where he falls in love.[2]



  1. Bock & Bergfelder p. 433
  2. Langman p. 82


  • Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim, eds. (2009). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-655-9.
  • Langman, Larry (2000). Destination Hollywood: The Influence of Europeans on American Filmmaking. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-0681-4.
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