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Specter of the Rose (1946)

aka Specter of the Rose

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Details: 90 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Madame La Sylph
Small Max Polikoff
No_movie_poster Andre Sanine
No_movie_poster Haidi
Small Lionel Gans
No_movie_poster Specs McFarlan
No_movie_poster Kropotkin
Small Jack Jones
No_movie_poster Jibby
No_movie_poster Mr. Lyons
No_movie_poster Mamochka
No_movie_poster Margolies
No_movie_poster Alexis Bloom
No_movie_poster Giovanni (as Ferdinand Pollina)
No_movie_poster Olga
No_movie_poster Jimmy, Pianist

Crew:

No_movie_poster Ben Hecht Director
No_movie_poster Lee Garmes Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Harry Keller Editor
No_movie_poster George Antheil Original Music Composer

Plot:

Specter of the Rose (1946) is a film written and directed by Ben Hecht, starring Judith Anderson, Ivan Kirov, Viola Essen, Michael Chekhov, and Lionel Stander and with choreography by Tamara Geva, and music by George Antheil.

It is part ballet film and part murder mystery, with a male ballet superstar (Kirov) suspected of murdering his first wife (his former ballet partner) and now possibly threatening his new wife and ballet partner (Essen). Anderson plays an embittered ballet teacher, and Chekhov plays an impresario in a manner which "outdoes Clifton Webb in breaking down the door to The Celluloid Closet" (IMDb). Released by Republic Pictures, the film, also known as Spectre of the Rose was one of the few films that Hecht directed.

The film has garnered a reputation as both "high camp" (in the Susan Sontag meaning of the word) and as a sincere effort to integrate classical music and ballet into a Hollywood film. Excerpts from the ballet Le Spectre de la Rose, which uses Carl Maria von Weber's piano piece Invitation to the Dance as orchestrated by Hector Berlioz, are featured in the film.