FULL Oh… Rosalinda!! (Joh.Strauss) Operetta-Movie UK 1955 Anneliese Rothenberger, Sári Barabás, Alexander Young, Walter Berry
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Information on the Performance
- Work Title: Oh... Rosalinda!! based on Die Fledermaus
- Composer: Strauss Johann Jr.
- Libretto: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger based on Karl Haffner, Richard Genee
- Venue & Opera Company: Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, and on location in London
- Recorded: 1955
- Type: Movie
- Singers: Anneliese Rothenberger, Sári Barabás, Alexander Young, Denis Dowling, Walter Berry, Anthony Quayle, Michael Redgrave
- Conductor: Alois Melichar
- Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
- Stage Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
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Information about the Recording
- Published by: Associated British–Pathé
- Date Published: 1955
- Format: Broadcast
- Quality Video: 3 Audio:3
- Subtitles: nosubs
- Video Recording from: ok     FULL VIDEO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PERFORMANCE
The film is based on the 1874 operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by Johann Strauss, but updated to take place in post-war Vienna as occupied by the four Allied powers: the United States, the United Kingdom, France and the USSR. The music, played by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under conductor Alois Melichar, has new lyrics by Dennis Arundell, and professional singers dubbed for some of the actors. The choreography is by Alfred Rodrigues, and the production was designed by Hein Heckroth.
In 1955 Vienna, during its post-war occupation, the black-market dealer Dr. Falke (Anton Walbrook) moves freely through the French, British, American and Russian sectors, dealing in champagne and caviar amongst the highest echelons of the allied powers. After a costume party, French Colonel Gabriel Eisenstein (Michael Redgrave) plays a practical joke on a drunken Falke, depositing him, asleep and dressed as a bat, in the lap of a patriotic Russian statue, to be discovered the following morning by irate Russian soldiers. Falke is nearly arrested until his friend General Orlofsky (Anthony Quayle) of the USSR intervenes. A vengeful Falke plans an elaborate practical joke on his friend, involving Orlofsky, a British major (Dennis Price) who is sent to escort the French colonel to jail for his misdemeanor, Eisenstein’s beautiful wife Rosalinda (Ludmilla Tchérina), her maid (Anneliese Rothenberger) and a masked ball where no one is what they seem. Complicating matters is American Captain Alfred Westerman (Mel Ferrer), an old flame of Rosalinda’s who is determined to take advantage of her husband’s absence deliberately taking the room next to hers. When Frank arrives to arrest Eisenstein he takes Alfred for her husband. At the party, Adele, wearing one of her mistress’s gowns is spotted by Eisenstein, who is unable to do anything about it, and catches the eye of both Orlofsky and Frank. When the masked Rosalinda arrives Eisenstein pursues her but she flees with his watch – which Falke slyly tells him will reappear again at his home. At midnight Eisenstein presents himself at the jail but realizes that the man wearing his robe was courting Rosalinda, so he rushes home to confront her. She retorts by showing his the watch he had at the ball and he begs forgiveness. All this is overhead by the rest of Orlovsky’s party guests in the gardens below and Falke admits that he was behind the charade. As all sing and dance, Alfred allows his American guards to arrest him instead of Eisenstein.