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Leo Fall: The Dollar Princess / Iwanow, Niendorf, Jacoby, Lippert [DVD]

Album Summary

>Fall, Leo : Die Dollarprinzessin, operetta
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Leo Fall's works are among the best of the second generation of the Vienna operetta. "Dollar Princess", written in 1908, is one of his most successful works. The music abounds in fascinating ideas and captivates through its charm and liveliness. Alice, the daughter of an American millionaire, lives by the principle that "money rules the world". And so the storyline unfolds in this highly enjoyable film adaptation of the operetta...

Fanfare Magazine
All of the singers perform well; the audio portion is pre-taped, so everyone had an opportunity to get it right. Perhaps the best-sung role is the Alice of Gabriele Jacoby, a German television favorite of that period who played Eliza Doolittle in a major German production of My Fair Lady. Her boyfriend, Freddy, sung by Gerhart Lippert, seems to have a bit of a waver in his high register, but then none of them sing enough to really tell. The dancing is quite slick and enjoyable; as another reviewer put it, straight from the Lawrence Welk show. The music is tuneful, whether by Fall or not; sets are numerous and nicely crafted; and the filming is first-rate. This is a charming if rather frivolous piece of fluff and a quite entertaining way to spend a bit of time. For the purists what can I say? If not strictly a Leo Fall operetta, this production is a Fall adaptation, and the only one on video. Recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 87 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: German, English, French


How quickly things date...
When it was first produced, Leo Fall's "The Dollar Princess" was the latest thing in operetta, with its chorus of typists and its sharp satirical book. The title character, who runs her father's company, hires a man to be her secretary, and falls reluctantly in love. (Hepburn-Tracy, anyone?) Meanwhile, an adventuress schemes to marry the father, and a secondary couple sort out their own romance. When this version was mounted for television in 1971, the producers treated it like a Broadway show, souping up the arrangements and trimming down the more extended music. (The big waltz survives as a party entertainment.) There are some nice tunes--though none of them operetta classics--performed in earnest by an attractive cast. The result, alas, looks just as dated now as the original must have looked to them, but if you're not a purist, there's a good deal of fun to be had. Clear subtitles, nice booklet.
Submitted on 08/26/12 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Fall, Leo : Die Dollarprinzessin, operetta
  • Performers: Stefan Behrens (Voice); Tatjana Iwanow (Voice); Gabriele Jacoby (Voice); Regina Lemnitz (Voice); Gerhart Lippert (Voice); Horst Niendorf (Voice); Ingrid van Bergen (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bert Grund
  • Ensemble: Graunke Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1907