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.
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.
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.