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"Die Fledermaus" (The Bat) is the pseudonym adopted by Dr. Falke (Anton Walbrook). Floating on the buoyant waltzes of Strauss, this Viennese romp is sure to please. Disguises, tricks, and every kind of deception combine to reveal a would-be cheat in hot pursuit of his own wife, much to his chagrin. Silly, charming, always entertaining, always fun. This is a movie version of "Die Fledermaus" set in post-war Vienna with the main protagonists of Dr. Falke represented by the three occupying powers. This is not just a movie of a staged production, but a truly filmic version of the operetta.Written by
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After years of despairing of ever getting to see this I finally was able to view a bad bootleg copy, and even through the bad picture, faded colors and gnarly soundtrack I could see there was something extraordinary there. Though its leering sexual politics and archaic atmosphere of Viennese schmah date it terribly, leaving this film to rot in obscurity is a crime against Powell and Pressburger's cinematic legacy.
"The Red Shoes" and "Tales of Hoffman" pioneered the daring fusion of high art and popular entertainment that would inspire MGM's great postwar musicals, and "Oh...Rosalinda!" shows how much cross-pollination was going on between Powell in London and Stanley Donen in Hollywood. I can imagine Rouben Mamoulian ordering a screening of this film as part of preproduction for "Silk Stockings."
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