DG BSIN03584934 (DVD-Video)
Ebert, Wolfgang / RSOS / Pitsch-Sarata / Liewehr / Kollo / Zednik / + - Das Land des Lächelns (DVD-Video)
Composer: Franz Lehar
Franz Lehar - Das Land des Lächelns
René Kollo stars in this 1974 atmospheric film-version of Lehar's beloved operetta by the noted Viennese director Arthur Maria Rabenalt. Kollo - whose father and grandfather were both operetta composers and who began his own career in light music - plays Prince Sou-Chong, the role that made a celebrity of another 20th-century tenor, Richard Tauber, and provided him with his most famous song.
As performed here by René Kollo almost half a century later, "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" remains the musical highlight of this colorful romance set in Vienna and the Far East.
Graf Lichtenfels - Fred Liewehr
Lisa - Birgit Pitsch-Sarata
Gustl - Heinz Zednik
Sou-Chong - René Kollo
Mi - Gerhard Frickhöfer
Lin-Po - Herbert Prikopa
Korean Court Ballet
Conductor: Wolfgang Ebert
Screenplay and Directed by: Arthur Maria Rabenalt