The Emperor Waltz

Film, Drama

Time Out says

Generally reckoned to be Wilder's worst movie, as thick a slice of sachertorte as ever served - even Lubitsch would have thrown up. One of Wilder's favourite themes - the confrontation between New and Old World values - is given an early airing with Crosby's phonograph salesman washing up in a mythical mittel-European kingdom, where he sets about usurping Strauss with a clambake. Fontaine is a countess and there's a dodgy romance as well. There are acres of wasted space, yet occasionally this movie bursts into life, and the whole thing is tinged with a postwar nostalgia for a Europe that has been snuffed out. Oh yes, Wilder prefigured Antonioni by having the hills dyed a nicer shade of green.


Release details

106 mins

Cast and crew

Billy Wilder
Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
Bing Crosby
Joan Fontaine
Richard Haydn
Roland Culver
Lucile Watson
Sig Ruman

Users say