</i>The Emperor Waltz. </i> 1948. USA. Directed by Billy Wilder
  • The Emperor Waltz

    1948. USA. Billy Wilder. 106 min.

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • The Emperor Waltz

    1948. USA. Directed by Billy Wilder. Screenplay by Wilder, Charles Brackett. With Bing Crosby, Joan Fontaine, Roland Culver, Sig Ruman. A delightful confection, Wilder’s riff on Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court stars Bing Crosby as a traveling phonograph salesman from Newark, New Jersey, who, with his “RCA” fox terrier as a sidekick, attempts to carve out a new market in Emperor Franz Joseph I.’s Vienna. Shot immediately after the war and the dark desperation of Double Indemnity and The Lost Weekend, The Emperor Waltz sends up every cliché of Wilder’s Austrian childhood: “waltzes, Tyrolean hats, cream puffs,” he would later note, as well as quack Freudian analysis. Wilder always dismissed the film as a musical trifle, but Bing Crosby gives a wonderful comic turn, yodeling “Friendly Mountains” (against a backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, standing in for the Alps), and performs a fine rendition of his soon-to-be major hit “The Kiss in Your Eyes.” Courtesy The Austrian Film Museum and NBC Universal Distribution. 106 min.

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