As the turmoil of World War II engulfs Hungary, a Budapest eatery, Restaurant Szabo, hosts its own conflicts. Its restaurant owner, Laszlo Szabo (played by Joachim Krol), hires pianist Andras Aradi (Stefano Dionisi), and both men love Ilona Varnai (Erika Marozsan), which is further complicated when their regular customer Hans-Eberhard Wieck (Ben Becker), an SS colonel, begins to pursue Ilona's affections.
Andras is an introvert talented pianist whose piano composition immediately became the top list of the radio music across Europe since its release. But the piano play have also caused the public uproar as the music apparently have a strong but strange melody which inspire and lead its listener to suicide. Andras himself ended his life with a suicide.
Joachim Krol, Stefano Dionisi and ErikaMaroszan in The Gloomy Sunday
Also Known As: Eine Lied fur Liebe und Tod, Gloomy Sunday, Ein Lied Von Liebe und Tod,
The Piano Player
Production Status: Released
Genres: Art/Foreign, Drama, Musical/Performing Arts, Romance and War
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Release Date: June 20, 2003 Chicago; November 7, 2003 NY/LA/BO/WA; November 14, 2003 MI
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Production Co.: Studio Hamburg Letterbox Filmproduktion, Polygram Filmproduktion, Dom Film, Focus Films, WDR, Premiere Entertainment Group, ARTE, MTV2
U.S. Box Office: $223,827
Filming Locations: Budapest, Hungary; Cologne, Germany
Produced in: Germany
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