Review: ‘Moonlight Sonata’

Charming love story woven round the central personality of the world-famous pianist, Paderewski. For the highbrows there will probably not be enough of the maestro's genius # for the lowbrows, there will certainly be too much.

Charming love story woven round the central personality of the world-famous pianist, Paderewski. For the highbrows there will probably not be enough of the maestro’s genius # for the lowbrows, there will certainly be too much.

Locale is Sweden, where Charles Farrell, agent for a country estate, declares his love for Ingrid, granddaughter of the baroness, by whom he is employed. Forced landing by a passenger plane bound for Paris brings into the household for temporary hospitality three men, one of them Paderewski; another, a plausible, much-traveled gent of doubtful antecedents.

Baroness is honoured by the presence of the famous musician but soon distrusts the boastful young man-about-town. He makes a play for the young girl, who, having led a hermit-like existence, gets carried away by his worldliness and is hopelessly infatuated.

Charles Farrell has little to do but look on wistfully while his lady is alienated from him; Eric Portman gives a polished, scoundrelly performance; Barbara Greene is attractive and sincere as Ingrid: Marie Tempest, in her first screen role, is her usual delightful self. Of the aged maestro there can be no criticism; they wished to weave a story around him, and artistically and unpretentiously they have succeeded.

Moonlight Sonata

UK

Production

Pall Mall. Director Lothar Mendes; Screenplay Edward Knoblock, E.M. Delafield; Camera Jan Stallich

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1937. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Ignace Jan Paderewski Charles Farrell Marie Tempest Barbara Green Eric Portman Graham Browne
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