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Deception
Movie: Deception(1946)[tt0038461] Music teacher Christine Radcliffe thought her love Karel Novak died in the war. When he miraculously returns, she realizes she loves him more than ever and insists they marry. However, a wealthy composer, Hollenius with whom she had become involved after learning her real love had supposedly died, refuses to let her go and at her wedding reception offers Karel the chance to solo his new cello concerto and a chance at success... but is he planning to ruin Karel's music career and their marriage? Written byEd Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>
Title Deception
Release Date 26 October 1946 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Music, Romance, Thriller
Production Companies Warner Bros.
Bette Davis
Bette Davis...
Christine Radcliffe...
Paul Henreid
Paul Henreid...
Karel Novak...
Claude Rains
Claude Rains...
Alexander Hollenius...
John Abbott
John Abbott...
Bertram Gribble...
Benson Fong
Benson Fong...
Jimmy...

Reviews

blitzebill on 16 November 2013
I'll dispense with the details of the plot and move directly to Mr. Rains' performance as Hollenius the composer in this musico-melodrama.This is his show although Davis and Henreid attempt to hold their own in this film.His flair for manipulation and deception, hence the title, dominates the film. He does a great job of it, driving everyone crazy with his shenanigans and jealousy.The cinematography is well done and the story's setting in the world of post-WW II classical/modern music is interesting.I noted that early on, for instance, as Henreid finished a performance, audience members asked him who his favorite living composer was..."Sibelius...or Shostakovich...?" No mention of Aaron Copland or the many other composers alive at the time.Hollenius' work as a composer was a curious mix of tonal, traditional and slightly atonal influences, attempting to display "modern" music but watered down to keep the audience and us interested.The mimicking of the piano and cello performances by all three actors was fairly well done.I found it quite interesting too that both Davis and Rains were not "starving artists" like Henreid. Opulent apartments and lifestyles for piano teachers and composers were not common, but these two were well-off in an even garish sense.This was not the reality of the time in the music world.I'd recommend this film if you're a Rains or Davis fan. Henreid was not used for his full potential.

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