Review: ‘The Unfinished Symphony’

A thing of arresting beauty in pictorial and musical conception, The Unfinished Symphony should garner attention from the musically appreciative. Particularly those for whom the melodies of Franz Schubert have always been in the upper brackets of their enjoyment.

A thing of arresting beauty in pictorial and musical conception, The Unfinished Symphony should garner attention from the musically appreciative. Particularly those for whom the melodies of Franz Schubert have always been in the upper brackets of their enjoyment.

What emotional appeal there is is not derived from the acting but from the instrumentation of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, and the reproduction in voice and orchestra of a number of his other compositions. They’re all brilliantly woven into the fine costume mosaic turned out by director Willy Forst.

Story has been aptly cast, even if the players constitute a babel of dialects. Striking case in point is that of Marta Eggerth and Beryl Laverick, who are cast as sisters. The former’s accent is German and the latter’s a precise Oxonian. Like Hans Jaray, Eggerth did the same part in the UFA version of Unfinished Symphony which Forst also directed.

The Unfinished Symphony

UK - Germany

Production

Gaumont-British/UFA. Director Willy Forst, Anthony Asquith; Producer Arnold Pressburger; Screenplay Walter Reisch, Benn W. Levy; Camera Franz Planer; Music Willy Schmidt-Gentner (adapt.)

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1934. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Helen Chandler Marta Eggerth Hans Jaray Ronald Squire Beryl Laverick Brember Wills
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