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23 Ratings

Congress Dances

Der Kongreß tanzt

Directed by Erik Charell
Germany, 1931
Comedy, Musical


After Napoleon’s exile to the island of Elba, the princes and kings of Europe gather for the Congress of Vienna to divide up the land and determine new borders.

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Congress Dances Directed by Erik Charell

Critics reviews

What Charell establish beyond question is a cinematic style which could be characterised as pageantry on the hoof. His camera is restless, and periodically his characters join it for spectacular romps through large sets and open scenery. If Charell had been able to continue his career on a smaller scale, everything would have been lost, since his is an approach that exults in huge, show-off sequences, insanely protracted shots with hundreds of extras singing, dancing, stomping on grapes.
March 02, 2017
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This bubbly, adorable musical manages to blend politics and bedroom farce, a range matched by numbers that vary from thundering dance performances to love songs to beerhall sing-alongs.
October 28, 2015
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