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Deception

Deception

Irving Rapper / US, 1947 / 115 min.

Composer and Oscar winner Erich Korngold composed his superb cello concert especially for this film classic, starring Bette Davis in the lead role as a pianist getting to grips with Beethoven’s Appassionata sonata.

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The climax of this thrilling film noir unravels during the performance of Erich Wolfgang Korngold”s Cello concerto in C major, opus 37, a concert for cello and orchestra he composed especially for this film. This rarely performed, marvellous one-movement cello concerto is the closing centrepiece of Deception.

piano student

Passion, jealousy and tyranny: the characters in the classic film noirDeception drink their cup to the dregs. A piano student and budding composer (Bette Davis) gets caught in a love triangle between cellist Karel (Paul Henreid), newly arrived in America from a concentration camp, and powerful and acclaimed composer/director Hollenius (Claude Rains).

love triangle on fire

Rich as Croesus, composer Hollenius is a man full of genius and impeccable taste. In other words: an egoistic bully who loves humiliating his musicians. "Nothing matters but music", is his excuse. The love triangle is set on fire during the performance of a new cello concerto composed by Hollenius, featuring his rival in love Karel on the cello.

cello & film

For the third time running, EYE presents the mini-festival Cello & Film in association with the Cello Biennale Amsterdam, from 20-26 September 2018. An extraordinary music film programme featuring new cello music performed to silent films, feature films, documentaries, special guests and premieres.

Details

Director

Irving Rapper

Production year

1947

Country

US

Original title

Deception

Length

115 min.

Language

ENG

Subtitles

NONE

Format

DCP

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