Song Of Scheherazade DVD


This feelgood musical drama tells the story of composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's early career as a Russian Naval Academy cadet and an imaginary meeting with an exotic dancer who might have inspired one of his great works. It's 1865, and the young Rimsky-Korsakov (Jean-Pierre Aumont) is a sailor on a two-year world tour with the Russian Navy. When the ship docks in Tangiers, his search for a piano on which to play his latest work brings him into the fold of a family of down-at-heel Spanish aristocrats. The daughter Cara (Yvonne de Carlo) works secretly as a veiled... dancer with the stage name Scheherazade in order to support her mother Madame de Talavera (Eve Arden)'s spendthrift habits. Rimsky-Korsakov is captivated by Cara, and her tales from the mysterious East begin to infiltrate his compositions. As the week's furlough flies by, young Nikolai's musical and amorous aspirations come under threat from Brian Donlevy's severe Captain Vladimir Gregorovitch and dashing shipmate Prince Mischetsky (Phillip Reed) but a harmonious ending is on the horizon. Written and directed by Walter Reisch (Ninotchka, Gaslight, Niagara), the film also stars Charles Kullmann, a leading tenor with the Metropolitan Opera, who is smuggled aboard as the ship's doctor to perform many of Rimsky-Korsakov's enduring melodies. [show more]

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08 August 2016
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Musical drama starring Yvonne De Carlo and Jean-Pierre Aumont. In 1865, young sailor and composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Aumont) is in the middle of his two-year tour with the Russian Navy. When the ship docks in Tangiers, Morocco, Nikolai goes into the town in search of a piano on which to play his latest work. There he meets a beautiful young woman called Cara (De Carlo) who is not all that she seems. To earn some extra money, Cara secretly works as a veiled dancer by the name of Scheherazade. As Nikolai hears Cara's story, he is inspired by his new muse and begins to write more music. The cast also includes Brian Donlevy as Captain Vladimir Gregorovitch and Phillip Reed as shipmate Prince Mischetsky.