Review: I’ve Always Loved You (1946)

A gifted pianist is torn between the sweet boy back on the farm and an egotistical European maestro. I have a very low threshold for this kind of hyper-romantic melodrama.

Directed by Frank Borzage

Myra Hassman, the daughter of a once-great pianist is whisked of to Europe by her father’s protegé Leopold Goronoff, a world-famous pianist whose talent is almost as great as his ego. Myra learns from the maestro while soaking up culture and growing up under the guidance of Leo’s traveling companion and mother, Madame Goronoff, played by the one-of-a-kind Maria Ouspenskaya. Months pass and Myra falls in love with the man she calls her “master” (“Am I ready to concertize, master?”), a man whose passion for music and competitive nature (not to mention chauvinism) blinds him to true love.

There was a lot for me to dislike in this film. Unappealing characters, overwrought internal monologues, and the same piano piece played over and over and over. The film contains a concert’s worth of piano performance (dubbed by Artur Rubinstein) which drags the film out to seem much longer than its 117-minute running time. [** out of 5]

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