Yours is my heart
|German title||Yours is my heart / love song|
|Original title||Blossom time|
|Country of production||United Kingdom|
|Director||Paul Ludwig Stein|
George H. Clutsam
Franz Schulz based
on the Singspiel by Heinrich Berté
|production||Walter C. Mycroft|
|music||GH Clutsam (arrangements) based on ways by Franz Schubert|
Your is my heart , awarded at the German-language premiere in Austria under the title Liebeslied , is a British musical film romance from 1934 by Paul Ludwig Stein with Richard Tauber in the leading role as Franz Schubert .
In the center of the action is a melancholy anecdote of love from the life of the later celebrated composer Franz Schubert. Count Rudi von Hohenberg, his Majesty's lieutenant, was transferred from the province to the body regiment of Archduchess Maria Viktoria. In order to survive there socially, he has to learn the dance steps of the waltz , which has just come into fashion, in no time at all, especially since Her Highness expects her officers to perform bella figura on the floor too. In his need, the dashing lieutenant turns to the dance teacher Alois Wimpassinger, who, with the help of his pretty daughter Vicki, quickly teaches him the basics of waltz dance.
The music for the dances comes from the pen of the young composer Schubert, who has been in love with Vicki for some time. But she begins to lose her heart to Count Rudi, and old Wimpassinger will only entrust his Vickie to Schubert if his next concert is a success. This is actually the case, but Vicki chose Rudi. And so Schubert has to forego his love, but he still has his great art that will have eternal values. He paves the way for the young happiness into marriage and asks the Duchess to agree to a marriage between Count Rudi and Vicki Wimpassinger, despite the difference in class. At the wedding, Schubert (alias Tauber) sings a tenor solo .
Your is my heart , a variation of Das Dreimäderlhaus , was created in the spring of 1934 in England and was premiered there on July 6, 1934 in London. The musical romance was a huge box-office success there. In Tauber's old homeland Austria, the film was shown for the first time on November 20 of the same year in the Apollo cinema in Vienna under the title Liebeslied . In the following year, Blossom Time , the original title, started in other countries. In 1934 the Singspiel in Venice was nominated for the Mussolini Cup (Coppa Mussolini).
The later star cameraman Oswald Morris worked on this film as a "clapper boy".
Your is my heart is also an exile film. Director Stein came from Austria, as did the main actor Tauber, who had left Hitler's Germany the year before (1933) because of anti-Semitic riots. The cabaret artist and actor Paul Graetz , like Tauber and head cameraman Otto Kanturek, was a Jew and a refugee from Nazi Germany. For Willy Eichberger from Vienna , who appeared here for the first time under the pseudonym "Carl Esmond", your is my heart meant the debut in English-language film. Due to the participation of prominent Jewish artists, the strip was not allowed to be shown in the German Reich until 1945. The German premiere therefore took place in April 1949.
In the November 22, 1934 issue of the Neue Freie Presse the following can be read: “Hardly ever were Schubert's immortal melodies so full and intense as in this English film. The comparison with Forst's “ Leise beg meine Lieder ” is obvious. (...) Forst was looking for theatrical effects and underlying Schubert motifs in a melodramatic manner, Stein puts the emphasis on the music and does it better. (...) You see Paul Graetz again with joy after a long break. The English milieu has apparently had a dampening effect on its original comedy, only to the benefit of the overall performance. The Archduchess is very sympathetic and just as little as with any other actor you can tell that this Viennese film was shot in England. The Viennese director Stein, who learned in America, knew how to work through the pictures with all those little things that create atmosphere. "
The Vienna Latest News reported in the issue of November 22, 1934. There it says on page 8: “There are a few Schubert songs in memory, sung by Richard Tauber. What preceded and followed this Tauber concert (why Schubert mask, why film ?!), which of course was only acoustically and not optically pleasurable, one tries to quickly forget, but one is very annoyed about this Schubert kitsch , made in England. Schubert's figure remains a cliché. (...) The thread of the stenciled plot is thin. (...) Direction is badly and properly directed by a Mr. Stein. The man at the camera mainly provided half-length photos of Tauber. The demands on the other contributors weren't exactly high and so it worked to some extent. "
The Österreichische Film-Zeitung wrote: “As lovers you see the amiable Johanna Baxter and Willy Eichberger, in Athene Seiler and Paul Graetz you get to know two excellent actors. Paul L. Stein took care of the effective staging. The post-synchronization ... can be described as extraordinarily successful both in terms of the text and the pronunciation, which does justice to the Viennese dialect, and also technically ... "
Halliwell's Film Guide characterized the film as follows: “Stilted musical romance redeemed by its stars singing presence”.
The lexicon of international film says: "The artistically undemanding, cumbersome musical biography of the Austrian émigré Paul Stein is particularly worth mentioning because of the Schubert songs sung by Richard Tauber."
- "Love Song". In: Neue Freie Presse , November 22, 1934, p. 9 (online at ANNO ).
- "Love Song". In: Wiener newest Nachrichten , November 22, 1934, p. 8 (online at ANNO ).
- "Love Song". In: Österreichische Film-Zeitung , November 24, 1934, p. 2 (online at ANNO ).
- Leslie Halliwell : Halliwell's Film Guide , Seventh Edition, New York 1989, p. 122. Translation: "Artificial musical romance that is redeemed by the singing presence of its star."
- Yours is my heart. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .